Tottenham target Patrick Cutrone could be perfect Harry Kane understudy
Tottenham and Chelsea could reportedly battle over the signing of AC Milan centre-forward Patrick Cutrone.
According to the Sun, the 20-year-old is being eyed by Chelsea ahead of a January switch, as they search for a replacement to Alvaro Morata in attack.
But the report details that the Blues would be battling Spurs for the highly-rated Italian striker.
It is understood that Cutrone is likely to cost around £25million in January and that could turn out to be a bargain signing for either Premier League club.
Spurs need to try jump to the front of the queue for the Milan forward, as he could be the answer to the North London club’s long-term problem in attack.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has been looking for for the perfect understudy to talisman Harry Kane, but both Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have failed to fill the void as a second striker in recent years.
But upcoming youngster Cutrone is a centre-forward built in a similar style to Kane and could be the perfect player for Pochettino to develop.
Cutrone netted 18 goals across all competitions last season for Milan to highlight his vast potential and has started the new campaign in great touch too, scoring three times in six games.
He looks like he could be built for the Premier League and would make a fine back-up option to Kane, who can’t be asked to play in every single match.
Tottenham have ‘requested information’ about unhappy player, club open for transfer, €30-€35m fee
AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone has made 10 starts in Serie A this season, out of which only one has come since Krzysztof Piątek signed in January.
The arrival of the Poland international has seen the 21-year-old’s playing time limited across all competitions.
According to Tutto Mercato Web, the Italian is unhappy with his current situation with the Rossoneri.
Gonzalo Higuain joined Milan on loan from Juventus last summer and he left them and made a switch to Chelsea in January. Even when the Argentine was present at the club, Cutrone was important for Gennaro Gattuso, but that no longer seems to be the case.
Ateltico Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund are all keen, according to the report.
It’s claimed Tottenham and Dortmund have ‘requested information’ about Cutrone in recent months, and if Milan receive an offer of €30-€35m they won’t block a move.
The striker’s contract with his current employer lasts until June 2023.
If Cutrone were to join Tottenham, the Italian would be second choice striker behind Harry Kane and will have to settle for a place on the bench.