The Gazetta dello Sport today reported that United had signed four of the stars of the Fiorentina Youth team.
The Fiorentina U17's won the Alievi Nazionale in 2010/11...the equivalent in kudos to our FA Youth Cup but run in a league format.
This story has been rumbling for a couple of weeks but only hit the Italian newspapers today.
Nmerous comments have been made on Twitter by those who follow the youth people on there.
The four players are:
1. Pierluigi Gallini (goalkeeper)
A goalkeeper who was originally from SPAL and has only been with Fiorentina one season. He attracted lot's of interest in Italy notably from Inter and AC Milan as well as Juventus. Originally a midfielder as a youth he has excelled since going into nets.
2. Luca Lezzerini (goalkeeper)
Born 24th March 1995 in Rome, Luca has been capped six times for the Italian Youth Team. Three times each at U/16 and U/17 level. Originally from Lazio, he joined Fiorentina 18 months ago. He stands at 195cm and weighs 86kg.
3. Leonardo Capezzi (attacking midfield)
Born 28th march 1995 in Figline Valdarno just outside Florence, he is 178cm tall and weighs 69kg. He is the star of the Fiorentina Youth team and has been tipped to go all the way. He also has played for the Italian Youth team, three times at U/16 and twice at U/17.
4. Saverio Madrigani (defender)
Born 28th January 1995 his twin brother Xavier also plays in the same team. He is 190cm and weighs 81kg...a big lad for 16! He has been at Fiorentina for three years and is originally from Massa Marittima near Grosseto in Tuscany. He played his early football for Freccia Azzurra in Pisa. In March 2011 he was called up into the Italian U/16 development squad in Coverciano.
It will be interesting to see if all four players come to Manchester and if Madrigani comes alone or with his twin brother.
Watch the fireworks on this one!