"Roma have allowed us to talk with him, so that's good and positive. He is a player with the quality we are looking for," Benitez told liverpoolfc.tv.
"He has good passing - the final ball is good - and he also works. If he can settle down properly in England he can be a very good addition.
"I think the signing should excite the fans. He won the U19 European Championship with his country, and U21 too. He has some trophies - including the Italian Cup.
"I always remember one game - England versus Italy U21s at Wembley, and he was man of the match in a 3-0 win."