Euronext has confirmed it has entered into discussions to bid for the London Inventory Trade Group’s (LSEG) Milan-based securities alternate Borsa Italiana.

The pan-European must provide not less than €four billion for the bid to achieve success, in accordance with studies.

“Euronext confirms it’s at present in discussions with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Fairness (“CDP Fairness”) to submit a proposal to London Inventory Trade Group plc for the acquisition of the enterprise and key operational belongings of Borsa Italiana,” Euronext stated in a press release.

Euronext must face off with rival European alternate teams Deutsche Börse and SIX Group, each of which have additionally been contemplating making a proposal, in accordance with a report from Bloomberg.

SIX most just lately closed its acquisition of Spanish alternate group BME, whereas Deutsche Börse’s CEO, Theodor Weimer, said earlier this yr that acquisitions will play a significant function in its technique. Equally, in March, SIX stated through its 2019 annual report that it will look to acquisitions within the close to future as a way of development.

In the meantime, Euronext just lately accomplished its takeover of Danish central securities depository (CSD) VP Securities for €150 million, and is at present integrating the Oslo Børs markets onto its buying and selling programs. Euronext entered right into a bidding struggle with US alternate group Nasdaq to safe its acquisition of the Norwegian inventory alternate early final yr.

LSEG beforehand said it’s contemplating offloading Borsa Italiana and its Italian mounted earnings buying and selling enterprise, MTS, because it appears to alleviate competitors issues raised by the European Fee about it’s the proposed $27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv.

The Fee stated the mix of LSEG’s MTS platform and Refinitiv’s Tradebweb 54% curiosity will considerably improve their market share in digital buying and selling of European authorities bonds.