Winger Zakaria Bakkali has been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs for nearly a year, having first grabbed attention whilst playing in the youth ranks at PSV Eindhoven.
At just 18 years of age, the Belgian has already been heavily linked with English giants Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, reflecting the immense potential attached to his name.
But with the transfer window now open and clubs clamoring to secure the services of their respective targets, it’s another Premier League heavyweight that has been tipped to sign Bakkali.
British reports have claimed that Tottenham are close to pushing through a £5 million deal for the Liege star, who would link up with countrymen Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen at White Hart Lane.
Both the Giallorossi and Rossoneri have been in the hunt for Hellas Verona starlet Juan Iturbe, though it seems reigning Italian champions Juventus have beaten them to the punch.
This leaves Bakkali as a prime, cheaper, alternative for the Serie A pair, with contact reportedly already made by each club.
Spurs are said to have initially gained an advantage over the likes of Manchester City in the race for Bakkali due to having greater opportunities for first team football.
However, Roma and Milan can both offer the youngster comparable space to develop, and so represent legitimate threats to the North London outfit. Not to mention, the pair were just recently considering spending £20 million plus to land Iturbe, so won’t fret over Bakkali’s comparatively inexpensive price-tag.
By all indications, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still in pole position for the pacy 18-year-old, but would be well advised to act quickly to avoid being gazumped by their Italian competitors.
Bakkali’s enormous potential makes him a bargain at £5 million. And if Spurs are indeed atop his list of suitors at present, there’s no reason to sit back and allow Roma and Milan the chance to change his mind about where his future lies.