Back towards the end of February, you know, when football was still a thing, we covered an interesting little story about Southampton scouting a Serie B game.

It was claimed the Saints had sent a representative to watch a game between Spezia and Ascoli with a view to look at Gianluca Scamacca, who plays for the latter, but the talent spotter had returned home having been impressed by the former’s defender, Martin Erlić.

Well, on Monday, Gazzetta dello Sport claim Southampton aren’t the only ones in England’s top-tier to take note of the 22-year-old’s performances, as Crystal Palace also sent scouts this season to look at him.

It’s explained both Roy Hodgson’s and Ralph Hasenhüttl’s sides have ‘spotted Premier League quality in him’, with the Italian newspaper comparing him to Milan Škriniar in the way he plays.

He was initially bought from Sassuolo for £300k, who retain a clause of 50% of the next transfer fee, meaning they are also keeping a close eye on the situation, as they look to gain from all this.

If Crystal Palace and Southampton are serious, then it could mean a nice profit for both Spezia and the Serie A side.