Inter Milan are reportedly looking to make 20-year-old Benfica midfielder Bryan Cristante their latest signing of the summer, following the high profile arrivals of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Stevan Jovetic, Miranda and others.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, significant doubts remain over how successful the Nerazzurri might be in their attempts to prise the young Italian away from the Portuguese giants, though.
Cristante only moved to the Estadio da Luz in 2014, with Benfica paying €6m to secure his services at the time. There is also the small matter that the youngster actually started his career with fierce city rivals AC Milan.
Cristante joined Milan's famed youth ranks in 2009 at the age of 14 after carving out a reputation in the junior ranks at Treviso based amateur side Liventina Gorghense.
He made quite an impact in the Rossoneri academy and was taking to the field for his first-team debut within the space of three years - handed his chance in a Champions League clash against Viktoria Plzen in December 2011 when he was still a few months shy of his 17th birthday.
However, chances rather dried up and Cristante had to wait another two years before he
made his Serie A debut - a substitute for club icon Kaka in a 0-0 draw with Chievo Verona in 2013. It was one of just three league appearances the player would make for Milan and he signed a five-year contract with Benfica last September.
Cristante only played five times in the Primeira Liga in 2014/15 as Benfica finished the season as champions. However, he was given plenty of opportunities in various other competitions, especially the Portuguese League Cup - Taca da Liga.
He played four times and scored one goal as Benfica won the tournament, although he was absent from the final squad - a 2-1 win over Madeira's CS Maritimo.