Southampton and Crystal Palace have been handed a boost in their pursuit of a new full-back with Alessandro Tripaldelli making clear that he has no interest in extending his contract at Sassuolo, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
While it may be common knowledge that the Saints and the Eagles are in the market for a new right-sided defender, both Premier League clubs could be tempted to reinforce their ranks on the left too.
After all, Southampton are facing up to the prospect of losing one of their longest serving players this summer.
Ryan Bertrand is one of the first names on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team sheet but he is also due to become a free-agent in 2021.
At Palace, meanwhile, Roy Hodgson has only one senior left-back at his disposal. And, like Bertrand, Patrick Van Aanholt’s future beyond this season remains unclear.
So Tripaldelli’s desire to take a step up the footballing ladder is unlikely to go unnoticed for long.
TMW claims that the Italy U21 international is refusing to sign fresh terms at Sassuolo and is keen to test himself at a higher level.
Southampton and Crystal Palace were both linked back in November, via Tuttomercatoweb.
And while the trail has grown cold since then, do not be surprised to see the £13 million-rated Tripaldelli enter the conversation again with the summer transfer window looming on the horizon.