Whether Tottenham Hotspur are genuinely interested in Alessio Cerci or not yours truly cannot claim to know, but there are indications that they can sign him if they want to.
The Italy international winger joined Atletico Madrid from Torino in the summer transfer window and was expected to be a key player in Diego Simeone’s team.
However, the 27-year-old has been struggling for playing time this season and seems to be a squad player at the moment.
There have been strong suggestions that Cerci could leave Atletico in the January transfer window, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton all linked with his services.
Tottenham are also reported to be monitoring the development in the Spanish capital, and Simeone has now hinted that Cerci could be sold.
“Could Cerci leave in January?” Football Italia quotes the Argentine boss as telling Sport Mediaset. “You’d have to ask the sporting directors, as they are the ones who work in this area.”
It is not a direct answer from Simeone, of course, but it seems that the decision over Cerci’s future will be made by the senior Atletico officials, and that they are open to offers.
Tottenham are believed to be looking for a winger in January, but perhaps they should stay away from Cerci unless they plan to bring the Italian on a short-term loan deal.
There is a reason why Simeone is not playing Cerci despite signing him in the summer. Perhaps the winger, who can also play up front or behind the striker, is not doing enough in training or maybe he was recruited as a back-up.
Cerci was impressive during his time at Italian club Torino, but he is struggling for form and playing time at the moment. And Tottenham cannot afford to bring in any more ‘strugglers’.