Atletico Madrid set €10m asking price for reported Arsenal and Spurs target

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are reported to be interested in Italian star Alessio Cerci.

Atletico Madrid have set a €10 million asking price for reported Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Alessio Cerci, according to reports.

The La Liga champions bought the Italian international in the summer for a reported €14 million fee from Serie A outfit Torino, but his lack of match appearances have caused a stir in the media.

Cerci has had to deal with heavy competition for places since moving to Madrid, battling alongside fellow signings Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic for a first-team spot.

He has yet to start a league match so far this season, and his apparent unhappiness has alerted a number of clubs such as former suitors Arsenal and Spurs ahead of the January transfer window.

While the Gunners are fairly loaded on forward players, the same can’t be said for their North London rivals and rumours in Spain suggest Mauricio Pochettino’s side have already made an enquiry.

If Spurs’ interest is serious, then they will be pleased to know that the likelihood of a January deal has increased if reports by the Spanish publication El Confidencial are to be believed.

“The problem of Cerci abandoning Atleti is that the club only contemplates a deal now. They require €10 million from the future buyer, circumstances that complicate the player’s departure,” the report states.

Cerci, 27, is described as a wide forward possessing pace and trickery but above all an end product in the final third, traits which will certainly appeal to Spurs.

He was terrific for Torino in Serie A last season, starting 35 matches and contributing with an impressive 13 goals and ten assists.

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