Southampton are among the clubs keeping tabs on Italian defender Federico Gatti.

The 23-year-old has been impressing in the lower divisions of Italian football in the past few years and that helped him to climb to Serie B last summer, when Frosinone signed him from Pro Patria.

This campaign, the centre-back has made 17 league appearances for the second division Italian side, managing three goals and an assist in the process.

According to Alessio Porcu, Torino remain keen to acquire the player’s services and have already made ‘an onerous loan’ proposal.

The Serie A side’s idea is to pay €2m for the temporary deal, with a ‘right or obligation to redeem’ set at €5-6m. This would be still short of the €10m fee requested by Gatti’s employer.

Torino are not the only club in the picture as ‘half of Serie A’ and clubs outside Italy are chasing Gatti. Last weekend, Bordeaux sent a scout to watch him in action for Frosinone.

Juventus have ‘made some progress’, but there is no mention of what sort of ‘progress’ they have made.

Apart from the Old Lady, there are other sides and this is when the Saints are mentioned. Southampton, along with Napoli, Atalanta and Bologna ‘follow’ Gatti.

As per the report, Torino’s offer could ‘open some sort of auction’ for the player.