Lazio and Milan are said to be keeping a close eye on Hearts defender Aaron Hickey, who turns 18 later this month.
According to The Sun newspaper, Il Messaggero and others, the left-back has been scouted by Aquile director of sport Igli Tare.
His contract with Hearts only runs to the summer of 2021 and he is a product of their youth academy.
Despite his tender age, the Scot has made 30 competitive appearances for the club this season, contributing a goal and an assist.
Lazio aren’t alone, as Manchester City, Celtic, Milan and Crystal Palace have also been linked.