Leeds, Leicester linked with young Italian but two major obstacles exist

Date published: Wednesday 10th February 2021 1:09 - Neil Foster

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Tommaso Pobega’s form for Spezia has seen him linked with a number of European sides parent club Milan hold all the aces.

The 21-year-old came up through the Milan youth ranks but has yet to kick a ball for the senior side. The midfielder spent 2018-2019 in Serie C with Ternana while he was loaned to Serie B outfit Pordenone last season.

He is now plying his trade in Italy’s top division after penning a season-long deal with Spezia. Aquilotti were promoted to the top flight via the play-offs and are playing in Serie A for the first time.

Pobega has enjoyed an excellent season to date, with three goals from 14 league appearances. Spezia do have an option to buy at the end of the season.

However, the Rossoneri chose to protect themselves with a buy-back clause. They also renewed his contract until 2025 and a decision over this future will be made in the summer.

It seems as though other clubs have taken note, with two Premier League sides reported to be keen. Tuttosport (via MilanNews), report that the duo are Leicester City and Leeds United, while Eintracht Frankfurt have also been linked.

There is one stumbling block for those looking to lure him away from the San Siro. Pobega has made it clear on several occasions that he wants to play for Milan.

He has been at the club since the age of 14 and clearly has designs on breaking into the first team. Stefano Pioli will have a decision to make at the end of the season that could see Milan take the title.

They have not lifted the Scudetto since the 2010-2011 campaign but are currently top of the standings. Pioli’s men have a two-point advantage over city rivals Inter, with Juventus a further five points adrift.

Winning the Serie A crown could see other top players attracted to the club and make Pobega’s first-team prospects bleak. Therefore it may be a busy summer for the player’s agent, with offers likely to come from many sources.

Leeds a genuine option?

Leeds have enjoyed a superb return to the Premier League. They seem certain to be playing in the top flight next season and will look to recruit this summer.

Signing Pobega would be seen as something of a risk due to his lack of experience. But Marcelo Bielsa has a habit of getting the best out of players and could work his magic with the youngster.


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