Fulham have stepped up their pursuit of the Juventus full back Luca Pellegrini and have been buoyed by the fact that the Italian international is keen on making the move to the Premier League.

The Londoners lead the race to sign the 23 year old after Monza baulked at Juve’s £12m asking price. Fulham are still some way short of matching that valuation have tabled an initial offer of around £10m but there is increasing confidence that a deal can be done – especially as the attacking left back is intrigued by the idea of testing himself in England.

Pelligrini came through the Roma youth set-up, breaking into the first team aged 19 and grabbed on an assist on his senior debut in a 4-0 thrashing of Frosinone. He made his Champions’ League debut in a 5-0 win over Victoria Plizen and gained further first-team experience in a loan spell at Cagliari. After moving to Juventus, the promising full back went back to Gli Isolani again and he spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Genoa.

Pelligrini, who was capped at several youth team levels for his country, was part of the Italian under-20 side who finished fourth at the 2019 World Cup in Poland. He won his only senior cap after appearing as a substitute in the Azzuri’s 4-0 win over Estonia in Florence in February 2020. A strong and technically gifted defender, Pelligrini is the archetypal attacking full back and has also featured as a mezzalla in midfield – but would most likely replace Antonee Robinson in Marco Silva’s starting line up at Craven Cottage.