Palermo forward Franco Vazquez has talked up the prospects of him moving to Sevilla, amid reports in Italy claiming his transfer to the Andalusian side could be completed within a matter of hours. The Argentine has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City and West Ham United during the current transfer window, but it seems the Europa League champions will secure his services in a deal worth around €15m (£12.8m, $16.6m).
Palermo's outspoken president, Maurizio Zamparini, last month revealed that Spurs, Leicester, AC Milan and Roma were the main options for the 27-year-old striker. He added that the player would prefer a switch to the Premier League, but Mauricio Pochettino's side would need to pay €25m.
"It's definitely more likely Vazquez will go to England – I'm asking €25m for him," Zamparini told Corriere dello Sport. "Unfortunately he's not one who talks much and he doesn't have the kind of character to impose himself. I'm in touch with Tottenham and I've asked them for€25m, so let's see."
The saga was reminiscent of last summer's Paulo Dybala affair, when the youngster moved from Palermo to Juventus in a big-money deal after Zamparini encouraged a public auction between a number of suitors to get the most for his services.
Vazquez confirmed the words of his president in an interview, adding that Chelsea and West Brom were also after him.
"I will leave Palermo, my future will be 100% far away from Sicily," he was quoted as saying by Gazzetta Giallorossa. "I can confirm the words of the club president, I have no preference between Italy and the Premier League, I want to consider all offers. My agent is taking care of my future. I do not know if my next team will be Tottenham or Chelsea. I just received an offer from West Brom that was rejected by Palermo."
The Argentine has now reiterated his plans to leave the Stadio Renzo Barbera before the end of the mercato, but suggested Sevilla as a likely location following the appointment of his compatriot Jorge Sampaoli as manager.
"I know they [Palermo and Sevilla] have been talking and in the coming days my future will be resolved. We must wait. Now there are just rumours," Vazquez said to El Crack Deportivo. "It is sure that I will leave Palermo so I'm just waiting for the right offer."
"Sevilla are a very important club, who have won the Europa League and play Champions League football, so it would be nice to go there – but there are rumours and until something is signed I can not say anything. "
The news comes amid strong indications that Spurs are ready to bolster their attack with the addition of Vincent Janssen instead. The Netherlands international didn't train with his AZ Alkmaar teammates on Friday morning (8 July), with reports suggesting he could complete a move to White Hart Lane in the coming hours.