Report: Liverpool hoping to sign 18-year-old international, but they'll have to fight off Man City
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Report: Liverpool hoping to sign 18-year-old international, but they'll have to fight off Man City

Liverpool have entered the crowded race to sign young Atalanta centre-back Giorgio Scalvini.

Scalvini has been a breakout star for the Italian side over the last year, cementing himself in the team aged just eighteen. And according to Calciomercato, this has caught the attention of Liverpool.

However, the Reds are reportedly far from alone in their admiration of Scalvini. Premier League rivals Manchester City are also said to want him too, as well as Bayern Munich, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. That’s quite the list.

Any interested clubs will have to wait until next summer to sign him, though. Despite the interest, Atalanta are reportedly keen to retain him throughout the January window.

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Should they manage to do that, it’s claimed that Scalvini will be available for around £26m at the end of the season.

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Along with Benfica’s Antonio Silva, Scalvini looks like being part of the next generation of top centre-backs. Still yet to turn nineteen, he already has three caps for Italy.

Having started eight of Atalanta’s 16 Serie A games this season, he isn’t quite un-droppable for his team just yet. But he’s getting on that way.

It’s no wonder that the big boys in Europe have all been alerted to his talents.

Atalanta are renowned as a breeding ground for top young players. Crucially, they’re also not afraid to move them on when the time is right.

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With Scalvini, that time looks like it’s coming. Although he isn’t quite as accomplished as Benfica’s Silva, he’s set to go to the very top.

As a result, it’s nice to see Liverpool’s name in there. They’ll soon be searching for the perfect successor for Virgil Van Dijk.

With the Dutchman still far from hanging up his boots, perhaps defenders in this age bracket are worth considering. Young enough to learn from Virgil for three or four years before taking over, and good enough to play as back-up immediately.

The presence of those with deeper pockets may be a worry. But Liverpool should keep themselves in the race.

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