English interest for Atalanta star
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
ATALANTA star Cesare Natali is being strongly linked with a move to England and the player's agent confirmed he would jump at the chance to play in The Premiership.
The 24-year-old central defender is rated as one of the best young talents in Italy and a host of clubs are now monitoring his progress.
Italian outfits Milan, Juventus and Parma have already registered their interest with the Bergamo club.
However, there is believed to be significant interest from England with, Tottenham showing particular regard to Natali's progress.
The player's agent Andrea D'Amico confirmed that Natali would be interested in a move to England.
"Cesare is truly one of the best young players in Italy and he would be ideally suited to English football," D'Amico told planetfootball.
"He would love to play there and this is very much an option he would look at.
"There is no offer at the moment from England, but it would be something of interest to us.
"He is out of contract next summer and so Atalanta will need to make a decision on his future soon."
Newcastle and Arsenal are also said to have watched the former Under-21 star who looks increasingly likely to leave.
If no new contract is offered then Atalanta will want to sell him at the end of the season, rather than losing him on a Bosman the following summer.
Atalanta director Luciano Passirani admitted that a move to England is a possibility.
"Other than Italy, Natali could find himself playing in England," Passirani told Telelombardia.
"There are numerous clubs who are interested in him and if you look at England they have the money to spend."