Manchester City and Tottenham had scouts present at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday to observe the Derby della Lanterna between Genoa and Sampdoria.
Delegates from the two Premier League clubs were joined by counterparts from local giants Juventus and Inter, and the four clubs had eyes on one player in particular.
According to Il Secolo XIX, the focus of their attention was Sampdoria’s emerging young centre-back Joachim Andersen, who featured for the entire 90 minutes as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.
Andersen, 22, is a Denmark under-21 international and is considered to be one of the best young defenders plying their trade in Italy’s Serie A.
The Dane is expected to be sold by Sampdoria in the summer to raise funds and, along with Belgian attacking midfielder Dennis Praet, has the eyes of prominent clubs on him.
City, who are also linked with Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt, have no urgent need for a central defender, particularly with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones forming such a good partnership, but are perhaps thinking beyond Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi with these scouting missions.
With the futures of veterans Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen less than certain, Andersen might be more of a priority for Tottenham than City at this point.
Andersen has made 13 appearances in Serie A this season with an additional appearance in the Coppa Italia.