After a hard fought season that saw Tottenham Hotspur finish in the second place, Mauricio Pochettino looks determined to make sure that his side can compete for the title next season and wants to add some of the finest players in world football to his ranks this summer. However, he is yet to complete his first signing of this summer.
But according to reports from Italy, he is now ready to make a move for Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino. The report claims that Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring the situation of the midfielder as a replacement for English international Eric Dier, who is a £50m target for Manchester United this summer.
It is understood that Pochettino might be tempted to cash in on Dier if United are ready to meet his valuation and wants Vecino as his replacement in the squad next season.
Having started his youth career in Spain, Vecino was born in Uruguay and moved to the Italian side back in 2013 as a youngster. However, he spent two years on loan at two different clubs in Italy before cementing a first team place at Fiorentina in 2015.
Ever since, the midfielder has played 58 league games, establishing himself as the first choice for the club for more than a year now. He also has 13 national appearances for Uruguay and is the first choice in that squad as well and is in a successful position in his career.
A central midfielder with gifted technique and touch, Vecino is a strong and athletic dribbler who loves to have the ball at his feet. He is as good as anyone in the Serie A in holding up the ball in the final third while his defensive contributions only make him a more impressive transfer target.
He likes to keep it simple at both ends of the field but has all it takes to sparkle at the right time and Pochettino wants him to be the backup for Victor Wanyama and Dembele in the first team in London next season.
The duo was decent but Poch has Harry Winks as the only backup in the senior squad. If they lose Dier and though Vecino is a decent choice, at 25, he is yet to establish himself at the highest level and Pochettino will be better off looking for a more exciting name in the transfer market.
Pochettino recruitment of youngsters has worked fine till date but it is time for them to spend on proven talent who can help them take the next step and Vecino, though a decent option, is not what they need at the moment.