Four Italy-based midfielders Spurs should sign after it was revealed Lazio target Antonio Candreva is close to signing a new deal.
The window may have only just closed but Tottenham Hotspur have already been dealt a blow in their January transfer plans after it was revealed that key mid-season target Antonio Candreva looks set to sign a new contract at current club Lazio.
Among the standout performers for Italy at the World Cup, Candreva comes into the current campaign off the back of a great season in Rome, during which he scored 12 goals and provided 9 assists for the Biancocelesti.
That return, coupled with his fine summer showings, saw Tottenham vying with Arsenal and Liverpool to recruit the 27-year-old, who was nearing the end of his contract with Lazio.
But with fresh reports suggesting Candreva is set to renew terms with the capital club, we identify four potential alternatives currently residing in Serie A.
Alessandro Florenzi – AS Roma
One of the Giallorossi’s star performers under Rudi Garcia last season, the 23-year-old attacking midfielder can play anywhere across the park and possesses the same eye for a killer pass that made Candreva such a tempting prospect.
Pacey and capable of contributing a goal or two when required, Florenzi scored six times for Roma in Serie A last term and his swashbuckling performances have already earned him a call-up to the Azzurri national team. Tottenham’s great relationship with Roma could help this deal happen.
Joshua Brillante – Fiorentina
Something of a leftfield choice given that Brillante has only just arrived at the Viola from Newcastle Jets in Australia for just €1 million over the summer, the 21-year-old Australian could be the first of a new generation of Socceroos stars set to shine in Europe for years to come,.
Capable of playing in a central role or out wide on the right, Brillante is a good passer of the ball and has started well in Italy, putting in a solid display in Fiorentina’s opening weekend game with Roma and for Australia in a recent friendly against Belgium. Could prove to be a bargain buy too if this pre-season goal is anything to go by.
Jonathan Biabiany – Parma
The Frenchman may be familiar to some Spurs fans, having previously starred for Inter Milan in a 4-3 victory over the Lilywhites in the Champions League a few years back, those his efforts were largely overshadowed by Gareth Bale’s late consolation hat-trick.
Now 26, the winger had looked set for a move to AC Milan in the summer, only for defender and transfer makeweight Christian Zaccardo to fail to agree terms with Parma over moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal. Previously tracked by Everton, Spurs should consider a January swoop for the versatile midfielder.
Senad Lulic – SS Lazio
While Candreva has taken many of the plaudits for his Lazio displays, his Bosnian teammate Lulic deserves mention in the same breath and at 28 is reaching the peak of his powers in Serie A at present.
Capable of playing in a central role, out wide, or even at full-back, he would prove a welcome addition to a Tottenham team aiming to compete on several fronts this term. An excellent dribbler with an innate ability to pick out players with pinpoint long balls, the only major concern is the occasional lapse in discipline.