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‘Nearly £26m’ – Tottenham eye signing of best goalscoring midfielder since Dele Alli for

When sifting through the goals Davide Frattesi has scored during the last couple of seasons, you will quickly see a developing theme. Take his opener in Sassuolo’s recent Serie A clash with Udinese for instance, writes the HITC.

Frattesi loiters around the edge of the penalty area before making a perfectly-timed burst into the box. Latching onto a clever through ball, the three-time Italy international then slams his shot into the back of the net.

It’s fast becoming Frattesi’s signature move; a late run and an emphatic finish. The former Roma youngster grew up idolising Daniele de Rossi and Claudio Marchisio, but there’s a somewhat Lampard-ian twang to the way he attacks the penalty area. In the last three-and-a-bit seasons, Frattesi has hit the target 19 times and, just one month into the new campaign, he is already halfway to matching his tally for the whole of 2021/22.

And when you consider that Tottenham Hotspur haven’t had a reliable source of goals from central midfield since Dele Alli was at his peak some four or five years ago, reports linking the Premier League giants with Frattesi suggest that an effort is now being made to find a productive ‘number eight’ capable of easing the burden on Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son’s shoulders (Gazzetta dello Sport).

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was Spurs’ most prolific central midfielder last term with just three. Oliver Skipp has scored just one senior goal. Rodrigo Bentancur; five. Yves Bissouma, meanwhile, has never found the net more than once in a Premier League campaign.

Frattesi won’t come cheap, at a rumoured £26 million. Roberto de Zerbi hopes to reunite with his former Sassuolo starlet at Brighton, meanwhile. Inter Milan’s interest has already been confirmed by Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevanli.

The chance to hone his talents under one of the most iconic Italian managers in Antonio Conte, however, may be one Frattesi struggles to turn down. He has already admitted a desire to play Premier League football at some point in the future, after all.

“I’d like that,” Frattesi said a couple of months ago. “It’s a league I can see myself in. It’s a step to take in two or three years, after I’ve established myself.

“But it’s a league that fascinates me a lot, also because it doesn’t have too many tactics. You go back and forth for ninety minutes and I like that idea.”

After an excellent start to the new season, Frattesi’s career plan could be brought forward a year or two.