Torino chiefs expect to keep hold of Angelo Ogbonna for the remainder of the season.Tuttosport says Toro directors know Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is keen on the young centre-half, having had him watched in games against AS Roma and Fiorentina this month.

Ferguson is prepared to go to £14 million for the Italy international, who he sees as a natural replacement for Rio Ferdinand.

Toro are resigned to eventually losing Ogbonna, but hope to delay his departure until June.