Report: Leeds and Watford tracking Italian Under-21 goalkeeper

Inter Milan

Watford and Leeds are reportedly keen on signing Internazionale goalkeeper Francesco Bardi.

Bardi is currently on loan at Chievo from Inter, and has made nine appearances for the Serie A side.

The 22-year-old has yet to make a competitive appearance for Inter, since arriving to the club in 2011 from Livorno, where he progressed through the youth academy. Upon his arrival to the San Siro, Bardi was immediately loaned back to Livorno for the 2011/12 season, before consecutive loan spells with Novara, and another return to Livorno, preceded his current loan deal with Chievo.

An Italian youth international, Bardi has made an impressive 31 appearances for the Azzurrini, and was chosen ahead of Mattia Perin - linked with a January switch to Arsenal - for the 2013 European Under-21 Championship, in which Italy finished runners-up. The youngster is also available for the 2015 edition of the tournament, and will likely battle with Perin for the number one shirt ahead of the competition.

His form with Chievo has seen interest grow in the youngster, and TMW are reporting that English Championship sides Watford and Leeds United are tracking Bardi ahead of a potential January transfer. Spanish sides Real Sociedad and Getafe are also suggested to be keen on him, as per the report, but all the clubs may miss out on the youngster, with Inter said to be keen on keeping him in Italy, rather than letting him leave on loan.

There is no indication whether Watford and Leeds are looking to sign him on loan or on a permanent deal - with the former most likely favouring a permanent deal and the latter looking at a loan - but the report indicates that a loan move is favourable to the Nerazzurri, with the club not willing to lose someone of his talents just yet.

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