The powerful centre-back is highly rated in the Serie A, and played a huge part in Roma's second-place finish last season behind champions Juventus.

Louis Van Gaal is a huge fan of the 27-year-old, and has upped his interest after failing to land Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen, who looks set to join La Liga giants Barcelona in a £15million deal.

The new Red Devils boss has sought to distance himself from David Moyes' disastrous regime by implementing a new 3-5-2 formation, but with only Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at his disposal, the Dutchman is determined to add at least one new defender before the end of the transfer window.