Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United have been handed a potential boost in pursuit of Serie A ace Davide Frattesi with Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi ruling out a move to the Premier League’s surprise packages.
Davide Frattesi, De Zerbi says, is a fine player. But not one Brighton and Hove Albion need.
The £35 million-rated Italy international is all-but certain to be on the move this summer; Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali quipping earlier in the week that Frattesi would be better served dusting off a Collins dictionary and ‘learning English’ ahead of a likely move to the Premier League.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, there is interest from Spurs and a West Ham side who snapped up Frattesi’s former Mapei Stadium team-mate Gianluca Scamacca a year ago.
Manchester United are also reportedly keen
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A potential four-horse race, however, has just become 25 per cent smaller. De Zerbi ruling out a deal that would have seen Frattesi join his upwardly-mobile Brighton side at the Amex.
“Frattesi is a great player,” De Zerbi says, via TMW. “But we need different characteristics.
“He’s still a top player. He is a great footballer and he can play in the Premier League. He can play anywhere because he has very important qualities. But we need different characteristics.”
Brighton appear to be closing in on two other midfielders; 37-year-old James Milner adding some potentially invaluable experience with his Liverpool contract expiring, while Borussia Dortmund’s Mo Dahoud will bring an extra layer of technical-quality to an already masterful midfield. Dahoud could help Brighton move on from Alexis Mac Allister, De Zerbi admitting that the World Cup winning Argentine international is likely to leave with Liverpool in pole position.
23-year-old Frattesi, meanwhile, has scored seven goals from central midfield in 2022/23. All-action and brimming with attacking thrust, Frattesi could be the closest thing Tottenham have had to a genuine goalscoring midfielder since Dele Alli’s heyday.