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Rafa eyes up Italian wonderkid.
Rafael Benitez is the latest Premier League manager thought to be watching Italian youngster Sebastian Giovinco.
The 22-year-old was recently linked with both Arsenal and West Ham, but now Liverpool are thought to be monitoring his progress and contemplating a possible move.
The whizz-kid is yet to tie down a firm starting place at club side Juventus, appearing just seven times for the Serie A outfit so far this season. This lack of first team football could open the door to the Anfield club, who are looking to strengthen in midfield and could raise cash, if the rumours are to be believed, with a reported £30 million sale of Javier Mascherano to Barcelona.
The slight midfielder stands at just 5ft 4in tall, although small players such as Juninho have succeeded in the top flight before.
Regarded as the hottest prospect in Italian football, Juve fans will not want to see their homegrown talent leave for English shores. So highly rated by the fans, he is regarded as the next Alessandro Del Piero.
Giovinco came to prominence in Italy during a loan spell at club side Empoli, and it was during his time there that Calgllari coach Davide Ballardini hailed him as a future star.
“He has to be patient at the start and I believe Giovinco is Juve’s answer to Milan’s Ronaldinho.
“I saw Giovinco last year at Empoli and I may be crazy, but he is just as good as Lionel Messi. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
This guy is supposed to be the dogs wotsits and it would be great if we had any chance of getting him. He is on the verge of a call up to the Italian senior team but is none to happy about being placed repeatedly on the Turin club’s bench. Giovinco works best as the player in the whole behind the striker and that could work well with Rafa’s preferred tactics as we all know that Benitez isn’t too keen on playing two up front.
The guy is very short indeed so could find the physical nature of the game in the Premier League a struggle but by all accounts even at just 5 feet 4 inches, he is pretty good at holding and shielding the ball. Arsenal were very close to snapping up the youngster a couple of years back and we aren’t the only big club looking to swoop but again any such move would boil down to funds and apparently Juventus wouldn’t think about selling the 22 year old for anything less than £12m so that could be a problem.
We could do with extra creativity coming from the central midfield because with Lucas and Javier Mascherano doing a good job defensively and moving the ball forwards, neither is going to be able to take on a player and beat them. However with Alberto Aquilani and Stevie G we do have options but given the Italian’s age he could be a very good player to snare.