Five facts on reported Tottenham Hotspur target 'Next Messi' Franco Cervi

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What Tottenham Hotspur fans may be interested in knowing about Argentine prospect Franco Cervi.

According to a report in the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on young Argentine attacker Franco Cervi - dubbed the 'Next Messi' - and have scouts in the South American country monitoring his progress.

The report goes on to say that the Rosario Central attacker’s contract is set to expire at the end of next season and the Argentine club are willing to cut a deal at around £3 million.

A potential agreement for a highly-rated 20-year-old sounds exciting, but for those Spurs fans that know little of the striker, here are five facts that may be of interest:

1) Born Franco Emanuel Cervi in Argentina’s busy region of San Lorenzo on 26 May 1994, the 20-year-old is diminutive in height at just 5ft 7inch and commonly known as ‘Chucky’.

2) The reported Spurs target joined Argentine outfit Rosario Central at just six years of age, and made his official youth team debut in March 2008.

3) His progression through the youth teams brought him to the club’s reserve side in 2013, where he went on to play 15 of 17 available fixtures, scoring five goals.

4) It wasn’t until November 2014 that Cervi was finally called up to the senior squad and handed his Primera A debut - Argentina's Premier League equivalent - and on the first game of the 2015 campaign he scored his first professional goal as Rosario defeated Copa Libertadores entrants Racing Club 1-0.

5) Left-footed, now donning the club's number 10 shirt and comfortable playing in a variety of attacking roles, Cervi possesses wonderful dribbling ability and his small stature has prompted comparisons with Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

Moreover, he holds an Italian passport – making him viable to a number of European sides – and is said to also be attracting the interests of Serie A giants Inter Milan.

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