Inter Milan are tracking 22-year-old Boca Juniors defender Nicolas Valentini.
This according to Italian news outlet FCInterNews, who report that the young defender is on the Nerazzurri’s radar and has received the endorsement of legendary former defender Walter Samuel.
Inter Assistant Sporting Director Baccin is currently in South America. As the Nerazzurri executive is on a scouting mission.
Baccin is typically the man who Inter rely on to monitor talent in South American leagues as part of their transfer strategy.
Inter have enjoyed plenty of success bringing in players from across the Atlantic ocean. This has been the case both historically and in recent years.
Players such as the Nerazzurri captain Lautaro Martinez is almost a perfect success story in this respect.
And therefore, whilst it would be going too far to say that Baccin is looking for the “next Lautaro” he is keeping an active eye out.
Baccin watched the recent Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and Fluminense. That saw the Brazilian team win 2-1 in extra time.
And according to FCIN, there is a defender who the Inter executive was particularly keen to watch.
Inter Tracking Boca Juniors Defender Nicolas Valentini
Defender Valentini, who is Argentine and of Italian descent, has been making his way into the Boca first team.
The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks for the Argentine giants.
And last season, Valentini became a regular in the Boca starting eleven under now-departed coach Jorge Almiron.
So much so that Valentini started in the Copa Libertadores final against Fluminense.
The 22-year-old saw out the full ninety minutes, as well as the complete extra time period.
And this form has caught the eye of Inter, FCIN report.
Inter do have a long track record of signing Argentine players.
And according to the Italian outlet, 2010 treble winner Samuel has given his approval, saying that he believes that Valentini has the quality needed to play for a team like the Nerazzurri.