Agent comments as Tottenham and Chelsea reportedly target Youcef Atal

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Chairman Daniel Levy celebrate during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the...

Premier League rivals Spurs and Chelsea have both been linked with a £34m deal for Nice's Ligue 1 flyer Youcef Atal.

Nice's Algerian defender Youcef Atal celebrates afte scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Nice (OGCN) and Strasbourg (RCSA) on March 3, 2019, at the Allianz Riviera...

The agent of Nice flyer Youcef Atal insists his client is ready to play Champions League football with Tottenham Hotspur tipped to make a big money summer swoop, speaking to CalcioNapoli24.

The six-time Algerian international has been one of Ligue 1’s breakthrough stars since he arrived at the Allianz Riviera last summer. Atal’s swashbuckling style has earned him plenty of admirers with the right-back also starring when filling in on the left wing to great effect.

He has scored six goals this season, including a hat-trick in a recent 3-0 win against relegated Guingamp.

 

According to The Telegraph, Tottenham have made the first move to sign Atal this summer though Chelsea are also interested in a potential £34 million deal as long as they manage to free themselves from that FIFA-imposed transfer ban.

And Atal’s agent has unsurprisingly claimed that he is not short of offers with the window now open – though Champions League football could be a deciding factor in his next destination.

“This year he has made 28 appearances, scoring six goals. He is very fast, good at dribbling and is good at freeing himself up to put crosses in,” said Jean Marc Bellefont.

Nice's Algerian defender Youcef Atal (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal during the French L1 football match between OGC Nice and En Avant Guingamp at the Allianz...

“There are offers from many clubs but at the moment I prefer not to talk about them. Atal is ready for a club that plays in the Champions League.

“Napoli’s interest? Naples is a beautiful city and are a team with a great coach.”

Tottenham and Chelsea will both be playing in Europe’s premier club competition next season after finishing in the Premier League’s top four. And Spurs’ reported interest in Atal will only increase speculation surrounding the futures of both Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier.

Ajax's Danish forward Kasper Dolberg (L) vies with Tottenham's English defender Kieran Trippier during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Ajax Amsterdam...

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