Chelsea and Stoke City are reportedly interested in, and are monitoring the development of AC Milan defender Moris Sportelli

Italian publication TuttoMercatoWeb are claiming that Premier League duo Chelsea and Stoke City are showing interest in AC Milan wonderkid Moris Sportelli. The 16-year-old is another in the long line of exciting young talents to emerge from the club’s academy in recent times, and reports are that the defender is already on the radar of top European clubs.

Moris Sportelli is a 16-year-old Italian defender who has come up through the ranks at AC Milan. The defender is known for his ability to play both as a central defender and in a defensive midfield role.

Sportelli has been impressing onlookers for the club at the under-17 level and is reportedly on the brink of breaking into the first-team like his fellow academy aces, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Locatelli.

Sportelli has been likened to the enigmatic AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta for the similarity in skill-set and playing style. As per the report, representatives from Chelsea and Stoke City have been present in the stands to monitor the youngster’s performance, and are likely to have sent back glowing reports of the player.

In addition to Chelsea and Stoke City, La Liga outfit Sevilla are also showing interest in Sportelli. AC Milan are fully aware of the presence of scouts in the stands for the player and club ‘s youth chief, Mauro Bianchessi has warned Adriano Galliani of the growing interest in the 16-year-old.

AC Milan’s class of 2000 has already produced some gems with Donnarumma headlining the academy aces and it looks like Sportelli is set to follow in the footsteps of his fellow academy graduates.

Sportelli has already represented Italy upto the under-17 level and is now aiming a breakthrough into the first-team setup at San Siro.

AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella’s patience and bold choice of preferring young exciting academy talents to the more established players has seen the club’s resurgence back into a top Serie A side with the club set to mount a title challenge, a first in the recent years.

The report has not mentioned any valuation attached to the player, but it is likely that AC Milan would be unwilling to part with the exciting talent. It is also equally likely that the likes of Chelsea, Stoke City and Sevilla will try to secure a transfer for the player, who seems set for a bright future.

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