Spurs interest in Italy U21 starlet hots up with repeated scouting mission

Date published: Monday 10th February 2020 10:47 - Steve Pearson


Spurs have stepped up their interest in a Fiorentina winger with an Italian report claiming that the club have been monitoring the starlet through his rise from La Viola’s U21s to their first team.

Jose Mourinho’s side were one of the busier players in the winter market, acquiring winger Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven for £26.7 million and Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan.

The North London club also excercised their option to make Argentine Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move permanent, signing the readymade Chrstian Eriksen replacement for £45 million.

Mourinho is never one to rest on his laurels, however, and the latest report from Italian publication CalcioMercato.com (via Sport Witness) reveals that the Portuguese could be looking to add another attacking player in the summer in the form of Fiorentina winger Riccardo Sottil.

The 20-year-old has risen through the ranks to the first team of La Viola since joining the club from Torino in 2016.

A series of impressive performances in their under 21s resulted in a promotion to the first team for the 2019-20 campaign, where Sottil has registered 12 Serie A appearances and a further three in the Coppa Italia.

The report reveals that Spurs have sent scouts to monitor Sottil, noting that ‘this isn’t the first time they’ve done so.’

The player recently signed a new contract to extend his stay in Florence until 2024, but that is reportedly unlikely to deter Tottenham.

Sottil is described as being a versatile left winger, but is also capable of operating ‘on the right or through the middle.’

Meanwhile, the FA have made contact with Tottenham midfielder over a video he posted on Saturday appearing to mock the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak.

The England midfielder quickly deleted the video and issued a contrite apology via the Chinese social media platform Weibo after criticism soon emerged.

The FA’s guidelines around media comments and social media posts remind participants that it will consider charges under Rule E3 if it is felt that someone has acted in an improper manner or brings the game into disrepute.

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