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While the Bundesliga takes the plaudits for giving young players the platform to catapult themselves into the limelight, Serie A is quietly running below the radar.

Just take Brescia's Sandro Tonali or AS Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo. One has been valued at €300million (£250m) by the club president and the other is in contention to win the 2019 Golden Boy award.  

Premier League sides have their eyes locked on both players' every move and their time out of the spotlight quickly came to an abrupt end in recent months. 

These two are now show-stopping talents.  

Golden Boy nominee Nicolo Zaniolo has established himself as one of Italy's finest talents

Golden Boy nominee Nicolo Zaniolo has established himself as one of 's finest talents

Sandro Tonali is spoken about as a generational talent and has been valued at around €300m

Sandro Tonali is spoken about as a generational talent and has been valued at around €300m

Let's start with floppy-haired Brescia prodigy Tonali. 

Likened to legend Andrea Pirlo - namely due to the fact both started young at Brescia and the undeniable similarities in haircuts - Tonali will be the first to admit that comparison simply doesn't stack up, not really.

See Pirlo's passing was among the finest in world football at his peak. Tackling wasn't top of his priorities, it wasn't his role. But it is a huge component of Tonali's arsenal, his ability to snap into tackles incisively to win the ball back, not in an erratic where he is a red card in waiting.  

For Gianluca Nani, the man credited with helping discover Pirlo as a rising star at Brescia while he held the role of technical director in 1999, has his own take on who the tough-tackling Tonali reminds him of.   

'More maybe (Daniele) De Rossi, something like that,' the former Brescia, Watford and West Ham director told Sportsmail

'He is defensive midfielder but he is also able to start the action. Pirlo has the better final pass and so they are two different players. The fact that both come from Brescia leads to the comparison. 

Tonali (right) has been viewed as the leader in various sides having risen through the academy

Tonali (right) has been viewed as the leader in various sides having risen through the academy

Andrea Pirlo comparison are inevitable given the position, hair and the fact both started at Brescia

But Gianluca Nani feels Tonali is closer to Daniele de Rossi in his style of play

Andrea Pirlo (left) has been used as a comparison but Tonali is closer to Daniele de Rossi (right)

'I really do believe Tonali will be a top player, a really top player and I can understand why English clubs like him.' 

The interest of English clubs is fast becoming an open secret, particularly the admiring glances from after they had him watched closely by scouts last month. 

Italian football is famously much more tactics-driven than the English alternative but, if anything, Nani believes that could suit Tonali's game.  

'English football is more intense, quicker and more aggressive but Tonali has these characteristics,' he added. 'He isn't super quick but he is brave, really tough and really good in the tackle.  

'He is strong, a leader and he has good timing on the ball. are one of the top clubs in the world - OK not performing too well now - but certainly in the top five clubs in the world. And this player for me could play at that level.  

'He is 19 years old and young but he is always the leader. He has everything to be a good captain in the future. He is doing the right things in the right way, at the right time, and now he just needs the time to grow up. I am not surprised that the top English clubs are looking at him.' 

The Manchester United target played a key role in Brescia's promotion from Serie B last year

The target played a key role in Brescia's promotion from Serie B last year

The in-demand 19-year-old made his senior international debut for Italy under Roberto Mancini

The in-demand 19-year-old made his senior international debut for under Roberto Mancini

The teenager was instrumental in the club's promotion from Serie B last season but caution has been urged given this is his first campaign in the Italian top flight. Some of his critics (admittedly, you won't find many in right now), feel talk of joining one of the Premier League 'big six' has arrived too soon. 

The Lombardy club know their place in the standing of the game and know that the player, who recently made his senior international debut, will want to test himself at the highest level. 

He has characteristics to lead. Of course he is 19 years old and young but he is always the leader. He has everything to be a good captain in the future. He is doing the right things in the right way. I am not surprised that the top English clubs are looking at him - Gianluca Nani, former Brescia technical director

But hopes of picking him up cheaply have long gone, especially with former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino running the show in Lombardy. 

Cellino told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport: 'All the big Italian clubs, and abroad Atletico Madrid, PSG and Manchester City. But in my view, he'd be better off remaining with Brescia.

'The other day, his agent and his parents were telling me about this €50m evaluation. I replied that for me he is worth €300m, which means I don't want to sell.

'I have a dream. If Sandro accepts, I am ready to make a big financial sacrifice to extend his contract.'

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