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Liverpool set to move for €10 million Serie A Arsenal target

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Liverpool are reportedly ready to move for Inter Milan starlet Davide Santon.

The 19-year-old has hardly featured in Rafa Benitez's plans this season and, when called upon, he has invariably been requested to play out of position.

Hence, it was reported last week that the Italian international was 'unhappy' and Arsenal were ready to pounce for his services, but Liverpool now seem to have joined the race for the teenage sensation.

But, when questioned whether their had been contact between Liverpool and Inter, Santon's representative remained coy.

"Are Fiorentina, Genoa, Lazio and Liverpool interested in him? Davide wants to stay at Inter, but he just wants to have more trust," Renzo Contratto told fcinternews.it.

"He's coming from a period that wasn't good but he has now recovered his best physical form. We hope that he can enjoy more confidence from the coaching staff."

But last week Contratto did say discussions had been taking place between himself and a number of Premier League clubs, which has seen speculation mount that a move to Arsenal or Liverpool could be on the cards.

He told Goal.com: "Of course he wants to move to England and he has a number of different options…We have a number of meetings lined up for the coming days with them, we'll know more after that point."

Despite the interest of Liverpool, Arsenal remain the frontrunners for €10 million-rated full back thanks to their reputation across Europe for nurturing young talent.

A deal for Santon would only add to the famed stable of 'kids' at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger has long been renowned for his ability to identify and develop teenage prodigies - with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere testament to the talents of the Gunners boss and his academy staff.

The Arsenal boss is understood to want to bring the cream of young European talent to the Emirates Stadium as he looks to leave a lasting legacy with Arsenal should he eventually leave the Gunners.

Arsenal have also been linked with Ipswich wonderkid Connor Wickham and Israeli sensation Omri Altman as Wenger continues to build a squad for the future.

Likewise, new Liverpool owners NESV have identified the development of young players at their Academy as a priority - tasking director of football strategy Damien Comolli with bringing precocious stars to Anfield.

Comolli is renowned for having an eye for talent in its infancy - something which Liverpool Academy director Frank McParland paid testament to.

"His [Comolli's] philosophy is to bring through young talent and he's since told me that we will be seeing a lot of him here at the Academy," he told the official Liverpool website.

"That can only be good news for us. He has a strong interest in young, elite players and we are already in the process of looking to sign some very talented teenagers.

"He has a great network in Europe and when you combine that with what we already have in place here, it promises to be very exciting times for us."

Although it remains Santon's destination remains unclear, it would be a coup should either Arsenal or Liverpool sign him as he is still regarded as one of European football's hottest prospects.

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