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Chelsea, United target Genoa ace

October 30, 2012
By ESPN staff

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly targeting Genoa defender Mario Sampirisi according to his agent Giuseppe Riso.

Mario Sampirisi
GettyImagesMario Sampirisi is reportedly being targeted by Premier League clubs

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Sampirisi, 19, is a former AC Milan youth player and current Italian Under-21 right-back, and has been most impressive in his performances for the Rossoblu this season.

The defender has experienced a breakout season following his move to Genoa in 2011 and his eye-catching performances have not gone unnoticed with the Premier League heavyweights circling.

Riso said he has fielded a number of enquiries from Premier League clubs and that a move to England would suit the young defender.

"Chelsea and Manchester United interested in him? Yeah, they sent their scouts to follow him live but I don't know if they'll try to take him in January," Riso told tuttomercatoweb.

"Genoa do not want to sell. But I am not surprised that the Premier League clubs have their eye on him. Mario has the typical physique that British teams like. But also some Italian clubs are following him."