Genoa striker Pietro Pellegri is not a new name on the Manchester City rumour mill, with reports going back to 2016 claiming that Blues scouts have been keeping an eye on the prolific Italy under-17 international.
And it may well be that City are about to turn their scouting presence into a concrete approach after the 16-year-old’s incredible performance for Genoa against Lazio on Saturday, where he became the youngest player to ever score a Serie A brace, aged 16 years and 184 days.
According to Il Secolo XIX a ‘top Premier League club’ has made an approach for Pellegri in recent days. The Italian newspaper can’t confirm the identity of the club, but believes it to be either Manchester City or Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who along with Juventus and both Milan clubs, are keen on the highly-rated young forward.
One club that can be ruled out is Manchester United, who offered Pietro’s dad Marco a job in 2015 to try and entice the teenager to Old Trafford, only to be rebuffed by the Pellegri family.
Genoa want to hold on to a player who is seen as one of Italy’s next big things, but with Serie A and Premier League giants circling, may find it difficult. And it is quite possible that City are about to make a play for Pietro Pellegri as their relentless pursuit of elite young talent from across the globe continues.