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Manchester City are keeping tabs on Italian youngster Lorenzo Pirola, having had scouts track the defender at the ongoing U17 World Cup.
Reports from FcInternews.it state that City, as well as Manchester United, are keeping a close eye on the 17-year-old.
Pirola was recently knocked out of the FIFA U17 World Cup by Paraguay, but he did score the opening goal in the 2-1 defeat.
The report claims that City had a scout watching the defender in the three group games, whilst United have been keeping tabs on the youngster for a little longer.
Pirola has been impressing a lot during the early stages of his career. The Italian was named in the Team of the Tournament in the U17 European Championships, as he helped his nation to the runners-up spot.
In a piece written by Calciomercato, the Italian outlet referred to the promising defender as a “small Chiellini” which is, of course, an almighty comparison. Although yet to make a senior appearance for Inter Milan, the defender has been a mainstay in the U17s, making 35 appearances.
The youngster has even popped up with a goal for the Inter youth sides, registering three goals and providing two assists from centre-back.
If the U17 star were to match the abilities of the Slovakia international, Inter will surely have some player on their hands.
City should continue to track this promising youngster, who is going from strength to strength.
Perhaps he may even make his way into Antonio Conte’s side at some point this season having appeared in a friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in August.