TMW: Milan monitoring teenage Velez Sarsfield star ahead of possible Italy call-up

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are keeping an eye on the development of Velez Sarsfield winger Gianluca Prestianni, according to a report.

TMW report that Roberto Mancini and the Italian Federation are watching the 17-year-old ahead of a potential call-up for the Azzurri but he does not yet have an Italian passport. However, in six months he should receive it and would be eligible for the national team.

The news of Mancini’s monitoring and the fact Prestianini has a $12m release clause has stirred up the interest of Italian clubs like Fiorentina, while in the coming weeks it is possible that Milan and Napoli will attempt an approach, even if Velez do not want to lose him immediately and would like to keep him for at least another year.

With an Italian passport he would no longer take up a non-EU spot, while Benfica and Sevilla have both offered around $8m plus bonuses to reach an eventual $12m, but neither have closed the deal yet.

West Ham are also keen though their interest is less concrete because they are mathematically not safe in the Premier League yet, so the situation is in total fluidity.

Prestianni has played 10 games for Velez Sarsfield across all competitions and has amassed one goal and one assist.

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  1. He is Nrew Rui Costa ,It Is better to Buy him Right noe,and let him stay his Team Rest of the Season wuth an Option onather year.
    Take Care Benfica and Do not give them another chance of E Fernedez .
    Send Rabpic,Florenzi,Mesaeies,Calabria ,Origi,S Ibrahimovic(Managarial Role) Diaz ,Krunic,Bakayoko,Aster V,Kjear out of the team.

    1. If we really go through your suggestion we will need to replace at least 10 players next season, and that’s outside what we really need like CM, CAM, and RW.

      That’s madness.

  2. Vélez is loaded with young talent right now. This guy is good, but I don’t think he’s the one Milan should be targeting. Julián Fernández is the guy, a right winger in the mold of Di María who just turned 19. Great dribbler, can put a good cross, shoot from distance, the kind of player that is a problem for any defense.

    I’m a huge fan, have been watching him since last season (I’m Brazilian), and wished Botafogo would bring him in for an year or so and sell for a big profit. But now I don’t think it’s possible, he’s going straight to Europe, so I hope Milan take a good look at this kid, he looks like he could really be special.

  3. Benfica are famous for selling player with high price. They already surplus too much from enzo fernandez just in 6 month. Go buy this kid before benfica buy. Remember AC Milan scout watching darwin nunez and enzo before benfica grab them and sell them for total 220m euro

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