Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing 23-year-old Italian international Davide Frattesi.
According to a report from Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Tottenham are keeping tabs on 23-year-old Italian midfielder Davide Frattesi, and they could make a move for him when the transfer window reopens in January.
The 23-year-old has managed to establish himself as a key player for Sassuolo and has earned international call-ups on the back of some impressive performances in Serie A. Frattesi can operate as a central midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder, and he will add a much-needed creative presence in the heart of the Tottenham midfield.
It is no secret that Tottenham need to add a creative player to their side, and they were heavily linked with the likes of Nicolo Zaniolo and Christian Eriksen during the summer transfer window. While Spurs have a solid set of midfield players at their disposal, most of them are defensive-minded, and there is a distinct lack of craft in the middle of the park.
Frattesi has scored two goals in seven Serie A appearances so far this season, and he could be a quality long-term addition to the Tottenham midfield. The young midfielder is far from his peak and is likely to improve further under a world-class manager like Antonio Conte. If Tottenham can snap him up for a reasonable fee in January, the move could look like a massive bargain in the long run.
However, the report from Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Tottenham are not the only Premier League club keen on signing the 23-year-old midfielder, with Brighton & Hove Albion keeping tabs on his situation as well.
Tottenham certainly have more resources than the Seagulls and have a more ambitious project at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as well. It is fair to assume that Frattesi would choose the north Londoners over Brighton if it came to that, and therefore, Spurs should have an edge in the chase.
The Italian international has a long-term contract with Sassuolo, and it remains to be seen whether the Serie A outfit are willing to sanction his departure midway through the campaign. In addition, they are well placed to demand a premium for their prized asset, which could scupper any potential move. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is known to drive a hard bargain, and he is unlikely to spend over the odds.