Friday December 31 2010
Macheda has Italian admirers

At least four top Italian sides would be keen on signing Federico Macheda, the Manchester United player's agent has claimed.

Macheda will be allowed to leave Old Trafford in January as boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the 19-year-old needs more playing time.

Former club Lazio have been strongly paired, but Giovanni Bia maintains that at least three other outfits would be keen on the Under-21 international.

"I can say that Inter, Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio are all clubs that potentially could take the player," he told TMW.

"However, at this moment in time, this is all speculation and there is nothing concrete. Now that Sir Alex Ferguson has given his okay for an eventual departure, we'll see what happens.

"I don't think the player will simply arrive on a pure loan though, I think any deal would at least be a loan with the option to buy."