Chelsea and Tottenham are ready to battle for the services of coveted Argentine sensation Jonathan Calleri, according to reports. They suggest the Blues are leading the race to secure his signature but that the Boca Juniors striker seized a recent trip to Europe to speak with Mauricio Pochettino over a potential move to White Hart Lane.
The 22-year-old forward is said to be one of the next big things to emerge from Boca Juniors' prolific academy. Spanish publication Marca claims he has attracted the attention of a number of clubs around Europe after having scored 10 goals and provided seven assists in 26 league appearances this season.
Inter Milan and Juventus are reportedly interested in him but Marca claims his future lies in the Premier League. The Spanish publication reports that Jose Mourinho's side is pushing harder to get his services but Arsenal and Spurs are also monitoring the situation, with all three English clubs wanting to bolster their attacks during the January transfer window.
Marca, nevertheless, claims Calleri travelled to Europe earlier in December to get a European passport and took the opportunity to speak with his compatriot Pochettino over a potential move to Spurs, after the Argentine boss recently admitted he need back-up for Harry Kane.
Boca are likely to keep him in his ranks but are aware that should a big European club arrive with a big offer, they will have no option but to cash in.
Calleri's father, meanwhile, has confirmed to Calciomercato.it that both Inter Milan and an unnamed English club are interested in his services.
"Right now, I am dealing with the future of Joni, there is no other person in charge," he said. "Inter in pole position? Let's say it [is] one [of] the two clubs interested. It's a team that we really like. The other is an English club."