Manchester City are set to sign much sought after Brescia goalkeeper Nicola Leali, according to Talksport.
Roberto Mancini is one of a host of those interested but the Etihad Stadium club are thought to be leading the chase.
The 18-year-old is seen as one of the best young keepers in Europe and a host of top clubs form around the continent have indicated an interest in signing him.
Leali’s current club Brescia are desperate to hold on to him but a sizeable bid form one of Europe’s leading sides could be hard to turn down.
Roberto Mancini is thought to be very keen on the Italy Under-19 international and has apparently sent scouts out to run the rule over him.
Leali’s stock is so high that many in Italy have been tipping him to be the natural successor to current national team captain Gianluigi Buffon.
The Juventus ‘keeper is still only 33 but many are predicting the Brescia youngster’s development will mean he, once the former Parma man reitres, he should be read to take up the mantle as Italy number one.
Manchester City will most likely face a battle to land the starlet, however, as Juventus are keen for Buffon’s supposed successor to develop close to the Serie A legend.
Sporting Lisbon, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are also thought to be ready to make a bid for Leali.