Reported Tottenham target Federico Chiesa really looks like the new Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on December 26, 2012 in...

Premier League giants Spurs are reportedly keen to sign Italy wonderkid Federico Chiesa from Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

Federico Chiesa of Italy scores his goal during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group A match between Italy and Spain at (insert stadium name) on June 16, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

Comparing a young, Tottenham Hotspur linked winger to Gareth Bale is a dangerous game.

Not only is Bale a modern-day Spurs legend, he is also one of the most decorated and talented British footballers of his generation, a four-time Champions League winner who once became the world’s most expensive footballer.

But, in Federico Chiesa, Tottenham might actually have found a player capable of stepping into the shoes of a player who left White Hart Lane for £86 million six years ago.

 

The Sun reported recently that Tottenham have put the 21-year-old Fiorentina wonderkid top of their summer wishlist – even if he would cost a staggering £70 million. Crucially, Chiesa is keen on a move to North London despite interest from the likes of Juventus.

"Chiesa has dribbling skills and quality, but also stamina, pace and power. He’s like a young Gareth Bale who drives you crazy and never gives in,” Fiorentina director Giancarlo Antognoni then said, in quotes reported by Telegrafi.

And anyone who watched Chiesa in action for Italy at the U21 European Championships will know exactly why those comparisons make perfect sense.

Federico Chiesa of Italy U21 during the UEFA UNDER21 Championship match between Italy and Poland at Renato Dall'Ara on June 19, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

He has been the go-to talisman for a star-studded Azzurri team containing Moise Kean, Patrick Cutrone, Nicolo Zaniolo and Nico Barrella, after all.

And after a stunning brace in the 3-1 win against Spain, which included a wonderful individual goal reminiscent of a young Bale himself, Chiesa produced another scintillating attacking display full of pace and power despite Italy’s shock defeat to Poland on Wednesday.

Maybe, just maybe, he is the ‘new Bale’ after all.

Federico Chiesa of Fiorentina reacts with disappointment after a missed chance during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on December 29, 2018...

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