Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Mamadou Coulibaly to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer transfer window.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claim that Tottenham, Manchester City, Juventus and AC Milan have all made contact with AS Monaco regarding a move for the 17-year-old central midfielder – who looks set to become available on a free transfer at the end of the season upon the expiry of his current deal with the Ligue 1 side.
The next Camavinga
Despite being yet to make his senior debut for Monaco, there is a considerable amount of hype surrounding Coulibaly’s future in the game.
Indeed, Gazzetta dello Sport claim that the teenager is similar in profile to Eduardo Camavinga – the 19-year-old “wonderkid” who was linked with a move to Spurs before his €45m (£38m) switch to Real Madrid last summer.
Meanwhile, the Italian publication also goes on to suggest that Paolo Maldini, Milan’s technical director, views the Senegalese sensation as the long-term successor to another of Spurs’ reported transfer targets, Franck Kessie.
And, while it is undeniable that Kessie would be a more first-team-ready option for Paratici to pursue this summer, with the 25-year-old having established himself as an extremely important player in the AC Milan midfield over the last four and a half years, considering Coulibaly’s tender age – and much higher ceiling – perhaps giving Antonio Conte the opportunity to mould the 17-year-old into exactly the type of midfielder he requires would be a smarter move for Spurs.
Indeed, should Coulibaly continue his current trajectory following a potential switch to north London, the teenager would undoubtedly have a much higher resale value than that of Kessie, something which, alongside his undoubted potential, leads us to believe Paratici simply must prioritise a move for the Monaco starlet in the summer transfer window.