Juventus stunned as Man Utd make Fiorentina contact for Gilardino

Manchester United have made contact with Fiorentina about Alberto Gilardino's situation.

Gazzetta dello Sport says Fiorentina have been approached by United representatives about the Italian striker's availability this week.

It's understood Gilardino is under consideration by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a like-for-like alternative for Dimitar Berbatov. Gila's performances against Liverpool last season remain a lasting memory for Ferguson.

Juventus are in talks with Fiorentina about a deal for the striker, a self-confessed Bianconeri fan, but they have been warned about United's late interest.

A swap involving United youngster Kiko Macheda has been raised, though the player's agent insists Ferguson is counting on the Italy U21 international long-term.

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