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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino must do all he can to ensure that Atalanta loanee, attacking-midfielder Bryan Cristante, joins the club this summer after Spurs were linked with the playmaker.

With Mousa Dembele looking more and more likely to be on his way out of the exit door this summer, it spells a distinct need for quality in the position.

And a player who is capable of pulling the strings in the centre of the park and score the odd goal is a must.

Cristante can do all of those things as he has shown time and time again for the Serie A outfit this season.

The Italian international has registered eight times in 30 appearances in the top-flight for Atalanta, including goals against Napoli, Juventus, and AC Milan, which means Poch would be getting his hands on a player who is up for the so-called big games.

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Dembele played a starring role against Juventus in the Champions League this season, despite their exit from the competition, and the club would be keen on a player who would be similarly at ease in Europe.

Cristante is already a double Portuguese league champion with Benfica as well as a double Portuguese league cup winner.

Atalanta have a buying option for the midfielder at the end of this season so Spurs will need to act fast to land their target.

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