REPORT: City ‘Intent On Investing’ £34M To Beat United, Chelsea And Liverpool In Race For Italian Wonderkid

Manchester City are “intent on investing” €40m (£34m) in signing Giorgio Scalvini from Atalanta, according to

Inter Milan are also keen on securing the services of the Italian international but the website claims that Pep Guardiola‘s side are the “best-equipped club” to match Atalanta’s valuation.

Scalvini is a centre-back by trade, although he has been deployed as a holding midfield player on multiple occasions as well.

He is a very highly-rated young player. Despite still only being 20 years of age, he already has 7 caps at senior level for his country.

Why are City interested in Scalvini?

It must be said that the Premier League champions are not exactly short of options in the centre of defence. The likes of Ruben Dias, John Stones, Josko Gvardiol, Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji can all play there if required.

However, Stones’s injury record means that Guardiola could do with having some cover. The England international’s ability to play in more advanced areas (as we saw against Bournemouth last weekend) makes him a unique player in City’s squad.

Scalvini has shown that he is capable of playing in midfield, despite ostensibly being a centre-half, so it could well be the case that City’s scouts see the Italian as a competitor for Stones.

In addition, the fact that the Atalanta star is just 20 means he could be considered a long-term replacement too.

City will have competition from other Premier League clubs say that the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool may also “show interest” in the defender when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

Scalvini is said to be open to the idea of making the switch to the Premier League but you’d think that City would be the most attractive destination for the player if he does leave Atalanta.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.