According to fresh reports from Sky Sport Italia, Southampton have been credited with an interest in Torino’s highly-rated midfielder Marco Benassi.
Following the abolishment of the complicated co-ownership rule in Italy, a number of top-quality players are now heading up a list of possible transfers this summer.
Benassi, previously owned by Inter Milan and Torino, has had his right fully transferred to the latter after the Turin-based side outbid the Serie A giants for his signature.
However, in doing so they have immediately become vulnerable to losing him as Southampton have been credited with an interest in bringing him to the Premier League.
“Torino was able to fully redeem his rights from Inter. But now there are suitors for the defender born in 1994, newly promoted team Bologna as well as Southampton have expressed interest,” states the Sky Sport Italia report.
Who is Marco Benassi?
Despite being listed as a defender in the report, Benassi played the majority of last season in a central midfield position and impressed in a number of key areas.
In 25 Serie A appearances, the 20-year-old showed ability at both ends of the pitch, averaging 1.2 tackles per match while also recording three goals and two assists over the course of the campaign.
With 10 caps for his nation’s U21 side, including a start in the recent 3-1 Euro Championship win over England, he is clearly highly-rated and has the potential to go on and become a full international.