Atletico Madrid may use Juventus game to sound out Tottenham target

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Tottenham have been linked with Juventus co-owned striker Manolo Gabbiadini, but Atletico Madrid may be taking the initiative.

Tottenham Hotspur are said to be keeping an eye on rising star Manolo Gabbiadini, but Atletico Madrid might be better placed to make a move.

Gabbiadini has found the net three times in four games this season for Sampdoria, who own 50 percent of his rights, and is showing why he is regarded as one of Italy's most exciting striking prospects.

Juventus have an embarrassment of striking riches and might be willing to cash their half of Gabbiadini in, but Tottenham face an uphill task if they are to land him.

The player's agent Silvio Pagliari has rejected talk of a move and the latest reports suggest that Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are planning to pounce.

According to Italian website TMW, Atletico are hoping to use tonight's clash with Juventus to discuss Gabbiadini and could take pole position.

It is suggested that Atletico may have a powerful bargaining chip in the form of Mario Suarez, who is struggling for first team football in Spain but highly rated by Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta.

The two clubs' representatives will go for a meal before the game at the Vicente Calderon this evening and Gabbiadini may well be on the agenda.

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