Inter Milan reportedly hold the right cards that would allow them to prevail in the race to sign Sampdoria teenager Giovanni Leoni.

The 17-year-old was one of the best revelations of the Serie B campaign. He made the mid-season switch from Padova and immediately became a protagonist at the back for Andrea Pirlo’s side.

The Blucerchiati will soon exercise their option to keep him on a permanent transfer. They will only spend 1.5 million euros to secure the deal.

This could ensure the Liguarians a major capital gain given that Leoni has already attracted the interest of a host of clubs between Italy and abroad.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport via FcInterNews, the Nerazzurri are facing competition from Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur for the Italian centre-back.

However, the Roman newspaper believes Inter could have the advantage in the race. The Nerazzurri could be able to forge a swap deal with Sampdoria who are interested in three Inter youngsters.

Inter Milan & Sampdoria Could Forge Swap Deal For Giovanni Leoni

The first name on the list is Filip Stankovic. The goalkeeper impressed while on loan with the Ligurian club this season.

Therefore, Samp will attempt to keep the Serbian at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium for another year.

Moreover, the Serie B side will try to lure Filip’s younger brother as well. Aleksandar Stankovic is an 18-year-old midfielder who features for the Nerazzurri’s Primavera squad.

Finally, Sampdoria are also keeping tabs on another Inter Primavera starlet in the shape of Ebenezer Akinsanmiro. The 19-year-old Nigerian midfielder has been developing his game at Inter since joining the club in January 2023.