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Tottenham Hotspur line-up €40m bid for Nigeria-eligible Italian wing-back

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English Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur, are keen on the services of Italian and Fiorentina wing-back, Michael Kayode, Soccernet.ng reports. 

The 19-year-old full-back has been a revelation for the Violas, scoring a goal and providing four assists from a defensive position in 37 games for the Italian side.

After he was released from Juventus academy in 2020, he joined Gozzano and, in July 2021, moved to Fiorentina, spending his first two years in the Primavera squad, where he showed enough to earn a spot in Vincenzo Italiano’s squad for the 2023-24 campaign.

Kayode was born in Italy, has Nigerian roots, and is eligible to play for either country. However, he has represented Italy at the youth level and has made it clear that his future lies away from the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Soccernet.ng earlier reported that the teenage superstar’s performance had drawn attention from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. At the same time, Serie A Champions Inter Milan have identified him as the perfect profile to replace Denzel Dumfries when his contract expires next summer.

According to Italian outlet, Tutto Mercato Web, Ange Postecoglu’s Tottenham Hotspur have also joined the long list of clubs that are interested in Kayode, with Fiorentina valuing the wonderkid at around €40m.

The player is also open to exploring life outside of Fiorentina, as most of the offers on his table are from bigger clubs, none of which are willing to pay Fiorentina’s asking price. The board of the Italian club are set to meet to discuss their evaluation of the player.

Fiorentina have the upper hand in these negotiations, as they have the 19-year-old tied down to a deal that runs until the summer of 2028 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

 

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