Leicester ‘pressing’ for Serie A youngster with ambitions to be Milan star

Date published: Thursday 15th April 2021 6:16 - Neil Foster

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Leicester City are reportedly ‘serious’ about signing Milan’s Tommaso Pobega who may be made available in the summer transfer window.

Pobega, currently on loan at Spezia, has yet to play a senior game for Milan. Having come through the Rossoneri’s youth system, he has spent much of his time on loan. The midfielder was with Serie C side Ternana in 2018-2019 while he featured for Serie B club Pordenone last season. But he then got an opportunity at Serie A after being loaned to the newly-promoted outfit in August last year.

The 21-year-old has made 13 starts among 16 Italian top-flight appearances. And, with three goals to his name, clubs around Europe have been taking note.

Foxes chief Brandan Rodgers is said to be an admirer while Leeds United have also been mentioned as possible suitors. And TuttoMercatoWeb (via Sport Witness) claim Leicester City are ‘in pressing’ for the young schemer.

The report goes on to label the East Midlanders as ‘serious’ about landing the starlet this summer. But they also name German club Eintracht Frankfurt as a club who are keen on the Italy Under-21 ace.

Spezia have an option to buy in the summer but Milan boxed clever when drawing up the terms of his contract. The San Siro giants inserted a buy-back clause while renewing his deal until 2025.

That means they can stick a larger price tag on his head should they decide to sell. It is not known if Milan boss Stefano Pioli sees the youngster as part of his plans.

But it may well be a busy summer for Pobega’s representatives.

Pobega ambition key to deal

One major obstacle may well prevent Leicester from landing their target. The Trieste-born player feels he has unfinished business with his parent club.

But it will come down to whether or not there is a route to the senior Milan side. TuttoMercatoWeb explain that the side second in Serie A ‘value a sale’ and ‘the possibility of the player going abroad is concrete’.

The last part of that sentence is the one that will keep officials at King Power Stadium interested. Although Rodgers has a talented midfield, he is a progressive manager who will not rest on his laurels.

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The Northern Irishman knows that success comes at a price and his players will also be targeted by the giants of the English game. Although a subdued summer of spending is expected, it would be no surprise to see clubs test the Foxes water.

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