Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Matias Vecino has been given an £18million price tag by parent club Inter Milan, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Italian outlet claims Jose Mourinho’s Spurs retain an interest in the Uruguay midfielder, while Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton are also said to be keen on the player’s services.
Vecino moved to Inter from Fiorentina in August 2017 for £20million, and has played 94 times for the Nerazzurri, scoring 11 times and registering six assists (Transfermarkt).
This season, meanwhile, the 41-times capped Uruguay international has made 23 appearances in all competitions for Inter, scoring twice.
Vecino briefly fell out of favour under Antonio Conte but won his place back in the team, playig the full 90 minutes in Inter’s last four Serie A games before the league was suspended.
However, Corriere dello Sport still reckons the Nerazzurri could yet look to sell him on, but for no less than €20million (£18million).
The outlet also claims that Everton saw a bid of €12million (£10.5million) plus bonuses turned down in January, while Manchester United’s loan offer was also refused.
Although Tottenham are currently well stocked in midfield, the opportunity to sign a player of Vecino’s calibre for such a (relatively) low price doesn’t come round too often.
Mourinho could potentially look to bring in more quality throughout the squad in the summer, and as a goalscoring midfielder, the 6ft 2in ace could well fit the bill.
An ESPN scouting report from 2017 described “part of Vecino’s charm” as the fact he “tends to bring a little bit of everything to the table – something modern midfielders are increasingly asked to do.
“He can pass well, he can tackle, and is both physical and graceful: the former Empoli man has, in short, the toolkit needed to shine not just in Italy, but (hopefully) also among Europe’s elite.”