Tottenham scouts were in attendance in Bergamo on Sunday as Atalanta played Fiorentina in Serie A.
They were their primarily to watch Fiorentina winger Ricardo Sottil who has come on their radar as a potential future recruit.
The 20-year old, is highly rated, although he has played barely a handful of games for Fiorentina, and was sent on loan to Serie B side Pescara for the second half of last season. Despite that, he is already an Italian under-21 international, and has been tipped to win future senior caps for his country.
Tottenham have been targeting the Italian market recently, with young players who they can develop a particular interest of theirs. They are the first Premier League side to take an interest in Sottil, but other Serie A clubs are also tracking his progress,
In the end, those scouts had something of a wasted journey, as Sotil remained on the bench as his side headed back to Florence with a point after a two-all draw.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.