As reported last week by Gianluca Di Marzio, Liverpool have opened talks with Atalanta over a potential move for 22-year-old Marco Sportiello, and he has commented on the interest to L'Eco di Bergamo.
A goalkeeper with the Serie A club, Sportiello has enjoyed a breakthrough season in his homeland, making 26 appearances as Atalanta’s first-choice stopper. Having previously spent a season on loan in the Italian lower leagues with Carpi, the youngster has made great progress to develop as he has done.
Due to Simon Mignolet returning to form in recent weeks, the signing of Sportiello would likely be as a back-up ‘keeper, although at his young age he still has plenty of years left to develop into first-choice at Anfield.
Being linked with Liverpool would be a delight for many young players, with the name synonymous with success, especially throughout Europe. Having only broken onto the scene this season, for Sportiello to be linked to the Reds is a great achievement, and he has admitted to L'Eco di Bergamo that Liverpool are a ‘great team’ to have shown interest in him.
The stopper said: “Liverpool are definitely a great team, we speak of a club at the top of the world.”
However, despite the interest, Sportiello claimed that he is happy to stay with Atalanta at the moment, having only just become a regular starter with their first-team.
“I’m happy to be here,” he added. “I’m in my first year as a starter and I signed the new contract with Atalanta.”