Reported Tottenham target Giovanni Simeone names his dream club

Giovanni Simeone during the Italian Serie A football match between S.S. Lazio and Fiorentina at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, on october 07, 2018.

Tottenham Hotspur reportedly failed in a £30m bid to bring Fiorentina's Serie A striker Giovanni Simeone to the Premier League in the summer transfer window.

Giovanni Simeone of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 5, 2018 in...

Like his father Diego, Giovanni Simeone has taken Serie A by storm. But unlike Simeone senior, who starred as a tenacious midfielder at Inter Milan and Lazio, Giovanni is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting young strikers around.

The 23-year-old scored 14 Serie A goals in his debut season at Fiorentina. And, as a result, he caught the eye of a Tottenham Hotspur side who are still looking for a striker capable of taking the pressure off Harry Kane.

Tuttosport claimed in August that Spurs saw a £30 million bid rejected for the newly-capped Argentine international, though they had not yet given up hope of bringing Simeone to North London.

 

But it seems that Simeone has a different plan in mind. Not many players get the chance to work with their father at an elite footballing giant, after all.

“I never had the chance to be coached by my father. My old man has never asked me about the possibility but playing for Atletico would be amazing,” Simeone told Fox Sports when asked about his dream move.

Giovanni Simeone of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 5, 2018 in...

Diego Simeone has transformed Atletico Madrid on and off the pitch since he arrived in La Liga in 2011, turning Los Colchoneros from an underachieving, mid-table team into one of Europe’s most feared sides, having won the Spanish top flight in 2014 while reaching the Champions League final on two occasions.

And should Atletico show an interest in reuniting one Simeone with the other, Spurs’ hopes could be dead in the water.

Diego Simeone, Manager of Atletico Madrid gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Atletico Madrid and Qarabag FK at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano...

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