Juventus and Tottenham Monitoring Bologna Defender

Riccardo Calafiori is having an outstanding season, and the big clubs are starting to line up ahead of the summer. Napoli and Juventus have been monitoring him all campaign long, while some Tottenham scouts attended the recent games of the Rossoblù, compiling positive reports, Corriere di Bologna informs (via Tuttomercatoweb).

The Roma product returned to Serie A last summer after a campaign at Basel in Switzerland. He used to play on the wing earlier in his career, but he has completely flourished as a center-back under Thiago Motta. He has featured 22 times, assisting once.

The Felsinei paid just €4M to sign him, and his valuation has skyrocketed. It might take more than €30M to win the simmering bidding war.

The 21-year-old struggled to emerge with Roma and didn’t shine while on loan at Genoa before Basel purchased him for €2.6M in 2022. He was a regular for the first time in his career in the Super League. He has five caps with Italy U-21. Luciano Spalletti heavily hinted that he would be soon called up by the Azzurri’s senior team.

Our Take on Calafiori

Motta isn’t new to enhancing the skills of his players and molding them into new roles, but his rise has been blazingly fast. Foreign sides like to poach Serie A defenders, and that might happen again, especially if his price tag gets to certain numbers. Since he’s a decent presence in the final third too, he’d do even better in a three-man defense.

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