Tottenham Hotspur are interested in moving for Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Italiano after missing out on Arne Slot.
Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Italiano is the latest manager to be eyed up by Tottenham Hotspur after impressing this season.
That is according to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, as quoted by Fiorentina.it over in Italy.
Di Marzio has been quoted as saying that it’s ‘inevitable’ that clubs like Napoli will want Italiano.
The Fiorentina boss is being eyed up as a possible replacement for Luciano Spalletti this summer.
However, Di Marzio notes that Italiano is also very highly rated abroad and is actually on Tottenham’s wish list.
Di Marzio adds that there is no release clause in Italiano’s contract despite claims of a €10million (£8.7million) fee in his deal.
“It is inevitable that he will end up in the crosshairs of big clubs like Napoli, if De Laurentiis were to focus on Italian I would find him normal,” said Di Marzio. “I know he’s also popular abroad, he’s on Tottenham’s list that hasn’t finished yet with Slot, the Feyenoord coach.”
“Many say that Italiano has a clause of 10 million euros, instead in Italiano’s contract there is no clause to release him from Fiorentina,” he added.
Who is Tottenham Hotspur target Vincenzo Italiano?
Italiano was born in West Germany to Sicilian parents and spent his entire playing career in Italy.
A midfielder in his playing days, Italiano turned out for Trapni, Hellas Verona, Genoa, Verona again, Chievo, Padova, Perugia and Lumezzane.
Italiano stepped onto the coaching ladder in 2014, becoming Venezia’s assistant manager alongside Alessandro Dal Canto.
Italiano had to go through lowly beginnings; after managing the Luparense San Paolo youth team, he took charge of Vigontina San Paolo in two spells.
Union ArzignanoChiampo was the next step for Italiano, and we would forgive anyone for not knowing those last three clubs.
Trapani took a chance on their former midfielder in 2018 and it paid off as Italiano won over 57% of his games.
That sparked rival interest and he joined Spezia in 2019, spending two years there before joining Fiorentina in 2021.
Now boasting a win rate of nearly 50%, Italiano has changed Fiorentina’s fortunes, guiding them to the Coppa Italia and Europa Conference League finals.
The 45-year-old’s reputation is growing rapidly and Italian pundit Riccardo Trevisani believes Italiano is ‘similar’ to Jurgen Klopp in terms of his tactical flexibility.
Napoli seems like the most likely move for Italiano but Tottenham appear to be well in the mix for his services this summer.