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Manchester clubs set to battle for young Italian defender

Both Manchester United and neighbours City could be set to battle it out to sign 17-year old Inter Milan defender Lorenzo Pirola.

The teenager has been playing for Italy at the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil, and has already made a big impression at the tournament, helping his country reach the knock-out stages with victories over Mexico and the Solomon Islands. He also scored on Sunday as his side went down to a 2 -1 defeat at the hands of Paraguay, with scouts from City in the stadium to watch him.  United representatives saw him play against Mexico.

Pirola has yet to make his first-team debut for Inter Milan, but is highly regarded at the club having come through their academy system.

Named in the team of the tournament at the Under-17 European Championship, Inter are unlikely to allow Pirola go without a fight, although the Premier League sides could make him an offer he will find hard to resist.

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