ITALY’S giants are scouring English clubs in a shock spying blitz.
Juventus and Inter Milan sent scouts to watch Conor Gallagher shine for Crystal Palace against Manchester City last week.
AC Milan and Inter had spies in VIP seats to see Djed Spence help Nottingham Forest beat QPR on Wednesday.
England midfielder Gallagher, 22, is due to back at parent club Chelsea at the end of his loan spell this summer.
But the Serie A sides made hurried arrangements to check him out.
Gallagher wants to stake his claim at the Blues but uncertainty at the club due to sanctions has put his domestic and foreign admirers on alert.
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The Eagles would love to keep him but if the cheque books come out then he may be tempted elsewhere.
Spence, 21, is catching the eye for Forest on loan from Middlesbrough, and Milan are one of over a dozen top clubs tracking his progress.
The speedy right-back is valued at about £15million by Boro so there would be no bargain deal for anyone.
The word among Italian talent spotters is they want to compete with German clubs who raided England successfully for the likes of Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho in recent years.