Heitinga catches Serie A eye
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Ajax defender's promise has been duly noted by Milan and Juventus, who both appear to be looking to add greater depth to their respective back-lines.
Heitinga only made his international debut for the Oranje earlier this year but his assuredness earned him a place in the squad for the European Championship.
He started the opening two matches of the competition but his sending off against Czech Republic ensured he missed the closing group game and was only used as a substitute against Sweden in the quarter final.
Both Milan and Juventus are expected to have scouts in the stands for Wednesday's semi-final against hosts Portugal, with Heitinga a possible to partner Jaap Stam in the centre of defence.
Another eye-catching display for the Dutch could heighten the interest from Serie A, despite Ajax's likely reluctance to lose Heitinga.
The 20-year-old is under contract at the Amsterdam ArenA until 2007 and Ajax would be loath to lose Heitinga at this stage of the career.
But they will be aware that Milan and Juventus have the financial muscle to put together an attractive package which may prove difficult to resist.
Juventus' need for a defender is more pressing but Milan have been mooted as favourites in the race for Heitinga due to their good relations with Ajax.
In addition, Milan have already secured the services of Heitinga's international colleague Stam for next season and also have Clarence Seedorf on their books.