Report: Tottenham now want to sign 'complete' £35m defensive talent likened to Gerard Pique
Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on Atalanta and Italy talent Giorgio Scalvini, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Italian outlet – via Sport Witness – claims the 19-year-old has ‘captured the attention’ of Spurs.
Tottenham have struck gold in recent years when it comes to both signing young prospects and Italy-based talents.
Cristian Romero, Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski have all dazzled from Spurs after leaving Serie A.
Meanwhile, Destiny Udogie continues to impress at Udinese after rejoining them on loan from Tottenham.
Scalvini is another highly-rated Italian talent, with 32 Atalanta appearances and three Azzurri caps to his name.
CDS claim that the Dea ‘child prodigy’ has ‘captured the attention’ of the big names in the Premier League, which includes Spurs.
The competition is ‘fearsome’. Inter Milan are apparently also willing to try their luck and want to get ahead of the game.
Atalanta currently value Scalvini – who has also been linked with Manchester City and Liverpool – at ‘over €40m’ (£35m).
A good shout for Tottenham – TBR View
Scalvini is a versatile player who has been featuring at centre-back and as a defensive midfielder for his side.
Football Talent Scout posted an in-depth scouting report about him last year.
Jacek Kulig deemed Scalvini a ‘complete, elegant and dominant’ centre-back and likened him to Gerard Pique.
He is ‘known for his composure, positional sense, confidence in possession, understanding of the game, and an above-average technical capacity’.
Tottenham could certainly do with bolstering their defensive ranks as well as looking to the future.
Scalvini is a good shout for Spurs and, at £35m, isn’t overly expensive considering his potential.
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