By Coral Barry
Tottenham are ready to offer £10million for Palermo’s Franco Vazquez, but are expecting to be asked to at least double that figure, according to a report.
Mauricio Pochettino has made adding quality and depth to his squad a priority this summer, as Spurs ready themselves for Champions League football as well as domestic duties, and Vazquez has been identified as a possible addition.
The Italy international has been in fine form for his club this season, bagging eight goals and providing six assists and the Daily Star claim Spurs’ opening bid is designed to see how much Palermo are after for their star man.
Vazquez has been the shining light in a struggling Palermo side that just about managed to avoid relegation into Serie B this season.
Palermo finished just one point above 16th placed Carpi and Vazquez has already been tipped to move on to greener pastures.
The 27-year-old’s current deal runs until 2019 and Tottenham expect Palermo to demand a fee in the region of £20million for his services.
Vazquez primarily operates as a roaming attacking midfieler, but has played up front for Palermo and on the wings at times this season.
It is believed that Vazquez’s impressive campaign has also caught the eye of Jose Mourinho, who was named the new manager of Manchester United.
However, Spurs are confident a deal can be done with Palermo after being given assurances from representatives close to the player that he wants to play in the Premier League.
Palermo have already admitted that they will allow Vazquez to leave as long as they receive the right offer.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino was in Dublin on Friday and was caught consulting with a striker’s agent.