Di Marzio: Milan, Napoli and Roma among the ‘big names’ monitoring Italy U21 international

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are carefully monitoring the development of Hellas Verona defender Matteo Lovato, it is claimed, but they face competition for his signature.

The Rossoneri’s priority for the January window is to sign a new centre-back, something which has been confirmed by Simon Kjaer’s recent injury and by the lack of assurances offered by Leo Duarte and Mateo Musacchio.

It is expected that a young defender will arrive to bolster Milan’s rearguard, and the links with Lovato have been intense over the past few weeks with the 20-year-old seemingly a concrete target.

In fact, Verona boss Ivan Juric spoke out after last night’s win over Lazio and expressed his anger that the player appears to be getting distracted by the media reports regarding his future.

Di Marzio did a feature for William Hill highlighting 10 players who are set to leave Serie A in the January window and are therefore likely to be the centre of a media storm.

On Lovato, he writes (via MilanNews): “Performance after performance, the 2001 defender is earning the sceptre of the most interesting young player in Serie A.

“Even our big names have noticed him, from Milan to Napoli to Roma, none excluded, who are monitoring him carefully. A team in Italy could also decide to buy him immediately and leave him on loan at the Gialloblu until the end of the championship.”

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