Tottenham are in the hunt for an upcoming Italy U21 winger, while Man City are keeping tabs on a French prospect regularly mentioned as a target for Liverpool, according to Monday’s newspapers.
TOTTENHAM CHASE SOTTIL
Tottenham are stepping up their interest in Fiorentina’s highly-rated Italy U21 international winger Riccardo Sottil.
The 20-year-old has only made a handful of appearances for La Viola, having spent the latter half of last season on loan with Serie B side Pescara. But his energetic displays have caught the eye of the Tottenham scouts and the Daily Express believes an approach is being prepped for Sottil.
The paper claims Spurs are increasingly turning to the Italian market and that they believe Sottil has all the qualities needed to become a future star of the Italy national side.
While there is no mention of a potential fee, the report adds that Tottenham scouts went to watch the player – who was unfortunately an unused substitute – in Sunday game against Atalanta. However, it’s claimed they are unlikely to be deterred and hope, as they are the first Premier League side to show an interest in the player, he could be snared for a moderate fee.
Fiorentina just managed to avoid relegation last season and are bottom of the table this time around following Sunday’s 2-2 draw. Much of their hopes rest around Federico Chiesa and they will resist all bids for their star man in January, but could though be swayed to cash in on Sottil for the right price.
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