Manchester City are among the group of clubs looking to sign Italian starlet Marco Verratti, according to his club.
Often compared to Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo, the 19-year-old has impressed with his performances for Serie B side Pescara, which has attracted the interest of Citizens manager Roberto Mancini.
The Italian will be aiming to add strength to his squad in order to retain the Premier League title they won last season, but Pescara are hoping he does not move to the Etihad Stadium, nor anywhere else.
Sporting director Daniele Delli Carri revealed a raft of conversations with different Serie A clubs, but indicated a move to City, with an immediate loan back, could be a deal they were open to.
“There was a meeting with Genoa, but there is also interest from Inter Milan and Serie A champions Juventus, but for now there is no agreement with anyone,” he told Sport Mediaset.
“We are currently evaluating what is the best thing to do because we want the boy to remain with us.
“There are also foreign clubs interested in signing him, namely Manchester City and Paris St Germain who are both keen on investing in young players.
“They could also sign him, but then loan him back to us for one year, which could be an option.”
Verratti made his debut for Pescara in 2009 and, after a tentative first season around the first team, soon became a key member of he starting XI.
Delli Carri will be hoping to keep hold of Italy Under-21 international as his club finished top of Serie B and will need all the quality they can get for their first season back in Italy’s top flight.