According to reports in Italy over the past day, Tottenham sent scouts to watch highly-rated Sampdoria forward Patrik Schick over the weekend ahead of a potential summer switch to London.
The 21-year-old Czech Republic striker has scored 14 goals in 36 Serie A matches this season to grab the attention of some of Europe’s top teams and it is believed that Mauricio Pochettino is on alert.
Tuttomercato claims that a scout was sent to watch him in action during Sampdoria’s draw with Chievo on Sunday afternoon, with Tottenham looking increasingly likely to make a bid during the next months.
With the majority of Schick’s appearances coming from the bench this season, Pochettino has singled him out as the perfect candidate to be a solid option as Harry Kane’s number two for next season.
Meanwhile, Tottenham and England midfield sensation Dele Alli has surprisingly left the door open for a potential exit from the North London side in the future after speaking on Sunday.
The 21-year-old has been enjoying the Premier League season of his life, being named as the PFA young player of the year for the second consecutive season, and has been at the centre of speculation.
But despite playing down rumours of a move to the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City over the past fortnight, he has hinted that his long-term future may lie away from North London.
Speaking on TV this weekend, The Sun reports that Alli said:
“I think it’s important for me not to get too carried away by what will happen in the future.
“The way football is, anything can happen at any time. I will enjoy my time here now, who knows what will happen in the future.”
The comments came just after Alli had been involved in Tottenham’s victory over Manchester United, signalling the last ever game to be played at the current White Hart Lane after 118 years.
It was announced on Monday, by the Daily Mail, that Alli, along with Tottenham teammates Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen, have all been named on the shortlist for the Premier League Player of the Season.
Alli has been in sparkling form all season at White Hart Lane, scoring 17 goals and assisting five in 37 Premier League appearances this season, and was named in the PFA team of the year last month.
Fellow England international Kane was also named in the starting line-up produced by the Professional Footballers’ Association after another strong season leading from the front at Spurs.
The 23-year-old has found the back of the net 22 times in 28 appearances so far this year and is currently second in the race for the Goldon Boot despite missing eight games through injury, having the best goals per minute ratio – ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku – with one every 107 minutes.
Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen completes the Spurs trio up for the prestigious award, and despite being overlooked for the PFA team of the year he’s been as solid as ever.
Vertonghen, alongside Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier, have adapted to Pochettino’s experiment three-man defensive system this year, helping Tottenham keep 15 clean sheets in his 31 matches.
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