Best under 21yo Italian MF, looks to be a regista type. Great buy if we can pull it off.
Only under 25yo Italian MF's I rate above him atm are (and Tonali has potential to be better than all of them, and any of these below are already Chelsea level players, or close in Pellegrini and Mondragora's cases)
Bryan Cristante of Atalanta (on loan at Roma, for a fee of €5 million with a compulsory purchase option for an additional €15 million and a further €10 million in performance-related bonuses, an absolute STEAL) (love him, perfect Kovacic replacement, if we lose him back to Real, although I would prefer a move for Frenkie de Jong)
Roberto Gagliardini of Inter
Nicolò Barella of Cagliari
Lorenzo Pellegrini of Roma
and another one I really wish we would take a look at...... Rolando Mandragora (yet another Genoa find), a 21yo whom Juve just sold for €20 million to Udinese, PLUS he is already a favorite of mine AFTER THIS LOLOLOL >>>
Italy midfielder Ronaldo Mandragora banned for insulting Virgin Mary
Rome: Italian international Rolando Mandragora has been banned for one Serie A game after making "blasphemous remarks" during his team Udinese's 1-0 win over Sampdoria at the weekend. The 21-year-old midfielder was caught on television shouting an insult to the Virgin Mary, while also referring to God as a dog.
The 21-year-old's "blasphemous expressions" went unnoticed by officials during the match, leading to a review by the Lega Serie A. The Italian FA said Mandragora was "clearly seen ... to make blasphemous remarks, visibly identifiable from reading his lips without any margin for reasonable doubt."
They acknowledged the Italian international was "cursing without addressing any of those present". In Italy, blasphemy is considered among the worst forms of swearing and the former Juventus midfielder will miss next Sunday's Serie A game against Fiorentina, the Lega Serie A confirmed.