Report: AC Milan join race for Franco Vazquez; player favours Tottenham move

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Tottenham Hotspur could face competition for the Italian attacker.

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According to a report from Gazzetta Dello Sport, AC Milan have joined the race to sign Palermo player Franco Vazquez this summer, although Tottenham Hotspur are said to be heading the queue as things stand.

The 27-year-old is a secondary striker who can also operate as an attacking midfielder if required, and a recent report from the Sunday People claimed Spurs would formalise their interest in the Italian this week.

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There is still plenty of time for them to do that, but the latest claim from Gazzetta could force Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s hand, with Milan said to be pressing ahead with a move of their own despite the player’s desire to play Champions League football next season.

Tottenham can certainly offer that after they finished third in last season’s Premier League. However it remains to be seen if Vazquez would be a good addition to Pochettino’s squad given his return of just eight goals and six assists in 38 matches last season.

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Tottenham do need someone to act as back-up or support for first-choice striker Harry Kane and Vazquez fits the bill, but with a contract until the summer of 2019 he will not come cheap.

The last report claims Milan are expected to compete primarily with Tottenham for the player’s signature, with the Italian club’s vice-president already said to have held talks with Palermo over a potential move.

Could this all be talk to force Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s hand? Only time will tell…

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