Sassuolo director comments on Tottenham's Simone Zaza interest

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Juventus are also keen on snapping up the Italian international striker.

In recent months Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with the signature of emerging Italian striker Simone Zaza. The Sassuolo striker was linked with the move by The Express back in January, with a reported fee of £11 million mooted.

Now Sassuolo general director Giovanni Carnevali has been discussing the future of the Italian international.

Speaking to Gazzetta TV, he confirmed interest from both Tottenham and Juventus, who have a buy-back option for his services:

"I and the club has made ​​a big investment because we believed in the player; on him there are other clubs interested in addition to Tottenham.

"The national team has been an important showcase for him. We have a good relationship with Juventus, but we want to understand the intentions of the player and Juventus. We want to build a team that has a future: selling Zaza is neither a necessity nor an obligation."

Those comments seem to contradict the understanding that Juventus can buy him back at any price, Sassuolo are clearly keen to keep hold of the striker.

Zaza has had an excellent season with the club, and country. He has netted nine goals this season, including strikes against the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan, Roma and Juventus.

He has also begun his international career. He scored his first goal for the Azzuri against Norway at the start of the season and has established himself as a regular in Antonio Conte's squad.

Tottenham are looking for striker options to help take some of the pressure off Harry Kane. The England international has been banging in the goals all season but Emmanuel Adebayro and Roberto Soldado have offered little in reserve.

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