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The Champions League participants were drawn into a group with Barcelona, Panathinaikos and FC Copenhagen yesterday and are looking to strengthen their side before the end of the summer transfer window.
The bid may be too good to refuse for the Grifoni; the 23-year-old had previously been linked with Serie A giants Milan and Juventus. He was a part of Marcello Lippi's squad for the 2010 World Cup, but did not see any playing time in South Africa. He also made 28 appearances in Serie A in 2009-10.
The player's agent, Andrea D'Amico, is optimistic the deal will be concluded in the near future.
"This request has been on the table for some time, but was not a genuine negotiation. Last night thing moved forward," He later told tuttomercatoweb, confirming reports.
"Now we are working on the contract. The terms? it would be around three and a half years."
Meanwhile, the ambitious Italian side are reportedly aiming to replace him with Barcelona centre-back Gabriel Milito, the brother of now Inter striker Diego, who had two successful spells with the club.