Manchester United have been informed by Atalanta to improve on their £39m bid for Cristian Romero if they really want him in the fold.
A more reasonable offer in the range of €60m (£52m) according to Atalanta will be good to do business.
The Red Devils had supposedly been hopeful of persuading the Serie A club to cash in on the centre-back for a bid of around £39m.
Romero starred on loan with Atalanta last season and La Dea have the option to purchase the Argentina international outright for £21.5m.
According to Tuttosport, Atalanta intend to trigger that right-to-buy clause and keep Romero at the Gewiss Stadium unless a big bid is tabled.
It is not believed that United have yet made an initial approach for the 23-year-old, who earned his first senior international cap in last week’s 1-1 draw with Chile.