Report: Brighton and Southampton want £4.2m talent, has trained with Ronaldo
Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton are both reportedly interested in Juventus youngster Koni De Winter.
According to Belgian publication Nieuwsblad, the south coast Premier League sides are keen on the 19-year-old defender.
As per the report, the Serie A giants will be open to selling the teenager for €5m (£4.2m) this summer.
De Winter is regarded as one of Juventus’ top prospects at youth level. The centre-back, who can also play in midfield, captained the U-19 side last season.
Moreover, the younger and has trained with the first-team alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
The Belgium youth international has already made the matchday squad on numerous occasions for Juventus. Including matches in the UEFA Champions League.
However, De Winter is yet to make his first-team appearance for the Turin side.
With De Winter’s contract with Juve lasting until 2024, it will take some financial effort for either Brighton or Southampton to sign the defender.
Despite this, with the Italian side well-stocked for centre-backs, and the club could be open to selling the teenager.
Indeed, Graham Potter’s side and the Saints have a centre-back on their agenda this summer. And De Winter could be an intriguing and cheap option for either side in the window.
With Club Brugge also interested in the teenager as per the report, there could be a tussle for the defender, who is keen to play first-team minutes next season.
And with Brighton and Southampton likely to lose first-team centre-backs this summer, De Winter might be a viable long-term option for the Premier League sides.
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