Bryan Cristante’s representatives have held talks with Arsenal and Chelsea earlier this month, according to Sky Sports.
The Atalanta midfielder has been catching the eye of some of Italy’s biggest clubs after a brilliant season in Serie A.
The 23-year-old’s progress has alerted Chelsea and Arsenal and Sky report that talks have taken place between the player’s camp and the two Premier League clubs.
The report also claims that Cristante “is keen on a move to England”, but there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Cristante, who came through at AC Milan, was signed by Benfica for nearly £5million in 2014, but his first-team chances were limited and he was loaned to Palermo and Pescara.
Atalanta cut short his Pescara loan in January and signed Cristante on loan, with an option for a permanent transfer.
The sixth-placed Serie A side will exercise a €4m purchase option in the summer and could well sell him immediately after scoring 12 goals and grabbing four assists in 44 appearances.
Cristante, who has broken into the Italy national side, is rated in the €30m bracket, according to a report by Tuttosport earlier this year.