Palermo midfielder Franco Vazquez has emerged as a summer transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur. The Argentine-born Italian international scored eight goals and had seven assists to his name in the 2015/16 season.
According to the Sun, the north London club manager Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer of the 27-year-old and is looking to lure him to White Hart Lane. The Tottenham manager is not the only admirer of the attacking midfielder.
Louis van Gaal was also interested in signing Vazquez for Manchester United in the summer after he failed to land him earlier in January. However, the Dutchman has been relieved of his duties and was replaced by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. It is not sure whether the Portuguese tactician still wants to make an approach for the Palermo star.
The north London club are keen on landing the talented midfielder who is quick and mobile. The player is interested in making a switch to England and Pochettino wants to use Champions League football in luring Varquez to his side.
Palermo are expecting a bid from Tottenham this week, who is valued to be around €30m (£23.6m, $34m), reports Tuttosport. A chance to play in Europe's elite club competition has appealed to him and is willing to make a switch to White Hart Lane.
Any move from Tottenahm in securing the midfielder's services will see them face competition from Italian outfits AC Milan and Fiorentina. Earlier in February, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini admitted Varquez could join Milan in the summer.
"It's possible he will join the Rossoneri," Zamparini told Radio 2, as quoted by ESPN FC.
"Berlusconi, who I spoke to last week and who I am going to see again on Saturday, has expressed his disappointment at not having succeeded in signing Dybala [who moved to Juventus in the summer].
"He had offered €40m in cash, but Dybala's agent already had an agreement with Juventus. I would have preferred to have given Dybala to Milan because I'm on more friendly terms with the Rossoneri than I am with Juventus."