Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all had scouts in Milan on Saturday, watching the highly-rated Genoa centre half Mario Sampirisi. The flexible 19 year old can play anywhere in defence as well as the holding midfield role and has honed skills in the legendary A.C. Milan academy.
The Italy under 20 international is one of Europe’s hottest prospects and seems to have the Premier League set in his sights.
It’s no secret Manchester United are looking for long term replacements for Vidic and Ferdinand and I’m sure Fergie has a trick up his sleep; but with short-term defensive cover also needed a versatile young defender would fit nicely. Although when Jones, Smalling, Evans are all fit he might not get a sniff, but whilst Carrick is playing centre back he’s in with a shout.
Chelsea will also be looking for defensive reinforcements, with the unwelcome loss of Terry and Ivanovic they are left with only two recognised centre backs in Cahill and Luiz, who is no stranger to being suspended. They managed to win the champions league with a highly unorthodox team but to challenge for the title they will definitely need reliable defensive options.
Brendan Rodgers will know where his priorities lie and will be looking for a striker to boost his squad. Although with Carragher almost surplus to requirements, quality cover for Skrtl and Agger would be very welcome. With rotating full-backs he would also get game time, even if it wasn’t his preferred position.
“Chelsea and Manchester United interested in him? Yeah, they sent their scouts to follow him live but I don’t know if they’ll try to take him in January,” the player’s agent Giuseppe Riso said.
“Genoa do not want to sell. But I am not surprised that the Premier League clubs have their eye on him. Mario has the typical physique that British teams like.”