Lazio want Man Utd's Pereira and Mata after David Silva move collapses

JUAN MATA and Andreas Pereira could be the targets of a Lazio double swoop ahead of transfer deadline day. 

The Italian giants are looking to strengthen their attacking options after their move for David Silva fell through last month.

The Red Devils are thought to have opened talks with Lazio officials over a deal that would see Pereira, 24, make a move to Serie A this term.

It is thought the out-of-favour midfielder could be joined by Juan Mata. 

The Spain international, 32, has heavily linked with a move in recent months having fallen down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes.

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And Pereira is facing a battle to hold down a starting place in United’s  midfield following the club’s £39million acquisition of Ajax ace Donny van de Beek. 

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims discussions have already commenced between United and Lazio, with the Serie A side thought to be considering the Brazilian as an option for their midfield ranks.  

The Serie A giants, who finished fourth in Italy’s top-flight last term, are believed to be making their move after reportedly being snubbed by David Silva. 

The Manchester City icon was expected to travel to Rome for a medical in August after reportedly agreeing to a three-year contract. 

But the switch was sensationally hijacked by Real Sociedad who sealed a two-year deal with the playmaker that left Lazio chief Igli Tare infuriated. 


Speaking to Lazio’s official website last monthm Tare said: "I learn about David Silva's transfer to Real Sociedad. I have great respect for the player, but not for the man."

Should Pereira and Mata make the switch to Lazio it could see former United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic face a battle for a place in the Italian’s starting line-up. 

Reports claim the Serbia international who has been linked with an Old Trafford move in the past, could be headed for Juventus.

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