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Forget Richarlison: Tottenham should sign this £12.6m-rated winger to challenge Lucas Moura

The Tottenham Hotspur fans have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern since their side recorded a brilliant 2-2 draw against Juventus at The Allianz Stadium earlier this week.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side faced one of, if not their toughest test of the season on Tuesday night as they faced a side who had only conceded once in 12 Serie A fixtures prior to their clash with Tottenham. Despite the strength of Juventus’ defence, the Lilywhites came from two goals down to take a 2-2 draw back to Wembley ahead of the second leg fixture in just over two weeks time.

Tottenham’s highly-rated manager made a major call in his team-selection for his side’s trip to Italy, as he boosted Erik Lamela to the starting line-up in place of Heung-Min-Son. His decision forced Christian Eriksen to move onto the left-hand side of Tottenham’s attacking midfield trio, and Son could face further competition in his position next season.

According to The London Evening Standard, Spurs are interested in bringing Watford’s Brazilian star Richarlison to the club next season, although they face competition from Arsenal and Chelsea for his signature.

Richarlison has made a bright start to life in the Premier League since his move from Fluminense last summer, but his performances haven’t shown a level of consistency that proves he is worthy of a transfer to a top-four club. In addition to this, the 20-year-old has also rarely shown that he has the adaptability to move fluidly across the pitch like Tottenham’s attacking midfield players are encouraged to do.

With that being said, Tottenham should prioritise the signing of another attacking winger next summer, namely Simone Verdi of Bologna. The 25-year-old Italian’s stock has rapidly risen in recent seasons due to his eye-catching performances for the mid-table Serie A side, earning his first cap for the national side in 2017 and almost completed a transfer to league-leaders Napoli last month.

Verdi (valued at £12.6 million by Transfermarkt) is predominantly a right-winger, so his presence could encourage Lucas Moura to find his best form for the club due to the increased competition for first-team places, but he can also slot into a number ten role or play on the left.

Bologna’s prized asset also has the rare ability to play with both feet in the manner in which the likes of Santi Cazorla and Kevin De Bruyne have so impressively flaunted throughout their careers, so Pochettino should consider signing this unique wide-man next summer over a move for Watford’s rising star.

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