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Tottenham eye last-minute swoop for defender who is close to signing for Arsenal- report

By Mehdi Gokal -

Tottenham are intensifying their efforts to strengthen their defence during this transfer window.

Spurs have been linked with several players including Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori. However, recent reports have suggested that Arsenal are leading the race to sign him.

Calafiori has garnered significant attention from London clubs, including Arsenal and Chelsea, with the Gunners reportedly close to finalising the deal for the centre-back.

But according to Gazzetta, Tottenham are now making a determined push to hijack a deal for Calafiori, despite Arsenal still being the frontrunners.

Calafiori, who rejoined Serie A with Bologna last August, has had a standout season under head coach Thiago Motta.

Initially a full-back, Calafiori transitioned to a centre-back role and became one of the league’s top defenders.

Last season, Calafiori made 37 appearances across all competitions, contributing two goals and five assists in his 31 starts. His impressive performances were pivotal in helping Bologna achieve a top-five finish in Serie A and secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1964-65.

The 22-year-old defender also made his competitive debut for Italy in the ongoing European Championship, further showcasing his talent on the international stage.

Tottenham’s interest in Calafiori is in line with their recent transfer strategies. The club recently hijacked a deal for Archie Gray, who had previously agreed to terms with Brentford, demonstrating Spurs’ commitment to acquiring promising talents. They signed Lucas Bergvall in January in similar fashion, swooping in late to beat Barcelona for his signature.

With Calafiori’s versatility to play both as a left-back and centre-back, his addition would significantly bolster Tottenham’s defence, specially given their requirement to sign another left-back as well.

As the transfer window progresses, Tottenham’s efforts to disrupt Arsenal’s plans and secure Calafiori’s signature will be closely watched.

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