Italy’s brightest young centre-back, and that is quite an accolade, is apparently on the radar of both Manchester United and Chelsea.
Mario Sampirisi has been at Serie A side Genoa for just over a year and has already been capped at U19 and U20 level for the Azurri.
Sampirisi has had an impressive start to his second season at the club and that has prompted scouts from the Premier League to cast their eye over the 19-year-old.
If I were Sampirisi’s agent, I’d have to have tell Mario that United would be the better bet.
Despite the presence of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, Sampirisi ought not to take long in establishing himself in the first team, with Ferdinand and Vidic both regularly injured and Evans regularly rubbish.
At Chelsea, Mario would have to squeeze past Terry, Cahill and Luiz before donning the famous blue shirt and none of those three look particularly keen to budge.
Should Chelsea win the race for the Italian’s signature, the logical thing would be to loan him straight back to Genoa for a year or two until Terry’s legs finally give way and he decides to take up a career in public speaking.
Sampirisi looks like a superb prospect and would effortlessly fit into the mould of the elegant, ball playing centre-back which the Premier League has just cottoned onto, a mere forty years behind the Azurri.