Genoa will make a move for Andrea Mantovani of Chievo Verona once they sell Domenico Criscito over the summer.
The latter is expected to leave Marassi, with Zenit now favourites to land him after the Rossoblu initially did a deal with Napoli.
Genoa will thus need a replacement for the Italian international and Mantovani is a possible target.
The 26-year-old will be sold this summer if a bid of at least €5m is received for the former Torino player.
Lazio, Udinese, Fiorentina and most notably Palermo are all keen on his services, but Genoa may make an offer.
Born in Turin, Mantovani joined Chievo in 2005 after a season on loan at Triestina.
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