Tottenham and Manchester United are interested in the Serie A defender Joachim Andersen.
The Sampdoria defender has emerged as the likeliest replacement for Toby Alderweireld as coveted Belgian will be available for just £25 million this summer thanks to a bargain release clause in his deal.
Manchester United have also been heavily linked with talented Dane, who the MEN understand was recommended to them by the now departed fitness coach Stefano Rapetti.
But Manchester United are set to delay a decision about the former FC Twente man until the summer with their managerial situation uncertain – which could open the door for Spurs to get their target.
After all, the North London giants are understood set to go all out to bring Joachim Andersen to the Premier League this month while the Red Devils sit back. It is thought that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are willing to make a bid of £35 million.
Sampdoria’s maverick president Massimo Ferrero is expected to play hardball, but it is not known whether he would be in a position to reject big-money offer, which would make the Denmark international the most expensive export in the club’s history.