Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing talented young Italian defender Giorgio Scalvini from Atalanta.
According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, Premier League champions Manchester City are keeping tabs on 18-year-old Atalanta defensive sensation Giorgio Scalvini.
The Italian defender has garnered a lot of attention with his performances for the Serie A club’s youth team, and it remains to be seen whether Manchester City are prepared to follow up on their interest with a concrete offer for the player in the coming months.
Scalvini is highly rated in Italian football and has a massive future ahead of him. It is no surprise that a top club like Manchester City is looking to secure his services. The young defender has the potential to develop into a top-class player, and Manchester City might look back at the transfer as a major bargain if they manage to pull it off. For now, it would be a future investment.
Recently, crosstown rivals Manchester United raided Atalanta for another prodigious young talent in Amad Diallo, and it remains to be seen whether the Italian outfit are prepared to sanction the departure of another prized asset to a Premier League club.
Manchester City certainly have no shortage of resources, and they can tempt Atalanta into selling the defender during the January transfer window. But after investing in Manuel Akanji in the summer, it is unclear why Manchester City might want to sign Scalvini unless they plan to loan him back to Atalanta.
It seems that Pep Guardiola is building a team for the future, and Manchester City can certainly use a quality young defender like Scalvini. Furthermore, the youngster is likely to be tempted to join a club as big as Manchester City. He will have seen how young players like Phil Foden have developed under the tutelage of Guardiola and will be hoping to follow in their footsteps.
A world-class coach like Guardiola can help the youngster accelerate his development and fulfil his potential at the Etihad. Manchester City have a world-class project and are extremely likely to challenge for all major trophies year in and year out. The opportunity to join such a club is hard to turn down, and Scalvini might be tempted.