Paratici learns Tottenham can sign midfielder who will be sold in 2023 for €30m, but two Prem rivals lurk

Isak Hien marking Hamed Traore Credit: Alamy
Isak Hien marking Hamed Traore Credit: Alamy

Tottenham Hotspur have learned that their midfield target Hamed Traore will be sold by current club Sassuolo in 2023 – at least according to reports in Italy.

Traore has played for Sassuolo since 2019, when they signed him on an initial loan deal from Empoli. The move became permanent in 2021, so he has now managed to surpass the landmark of 100 appearances for the club.

They only have him under contract until 2024, though. Hence, the chances of losing him next year will be high. In turn, Traore could get the chance to come to the Premier League.

He has already indicated that he would suit English football. There, he has a few suitors queuing up to sign him.

According to Milan Live, Traore is of interest to Tottenham, West Ham and Brighton – as well as Serie A champions AC Milan.

The report claims it is practically a given that Sassuolo will sell the midfielder next summer. They will be against doing business in January, but by the end of the season, things will be different.

As soon as he enters the final 12 months of his contract, Sassuolo will attempt to sell him for as much money as they can get.

Ideally, they would like to receive a figure higher than €30million (around £26million at present).

Traore has played twice so far in Serie A this season. Both of his appearances have come as a left winger, although he can also play more centrally.

Tottenham director Fabio Paratici has reportedly taken note of his talents, leading Milan Live to report that we shouldn’t be forgetting their interest.

Across London, West Ham have also added Traore to their shortlist. In actual fact, the Hammers are named before Tottenham in the report, which claims they could take steps forward.

Another candidate to sign Traore would be Brighton. There is an obvious connection there; Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi previously worked with the 22-year-old at Sassuolo.

Traore’s current employers now know time is running out if they cannot convince him to stay. Although he has hinted his future may yet be at Sassuolo, they are having to plan for upcoming transfer windows in which there will be interest in his services.

Next summer might be the time for Traore to take the leap to English football, unless AC Milan can prove to be a more tempting suitor.

Plenty for Hamed Traore to weigh up

Traore may face a difficult decision in 2023. If he is to leave Sassuolo, he will have to consider where he ends up carefully.

He must take into account where he might get the most gametime. On paper, that would be Brighton, especially with his prior understanding with De Zerbi.

But would that be much of a step up from his current situation? Or could he opt for a bigger destination like Tottenham or Milan – both of whom have been in the Champions League this season.

West Ham are also in Europe this season, participating in the Conference League. Whether they will be again next term is up for question, but they are still a big club to consider.

Tottenham will be strong contenders if they want Traore. It may depend on whether Conte stays, but not necessarily; before he arrived, Fabio Paratici was still overseeing some signings with a Serie A theme.

There could one day be a space for Traore in the same surroundings. For now, though, he must get up to speed again with Sassuolo.

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