The print edition of Las Ultimas Noticias (26/01/23 as relayed by Sport Witness) has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur are battling Aston Villa for Chilean wonderkid Dario Osorio.
Osorio came through the ranks of Universidad de Chile’s academy and broke into their first team back in 2021 and has since gone on to catch the eye with seven goals in 27 appearances in the top-flight (Transfermarkt).
The 19-year-old was fast-tracked to Chile’s Under-23s side and was even capped twice by the senior team in 2022.
Las Ultimas Noticias claim that Wolves tried to sign the versatile winger back in the summer but their efforts ended in vain.
The publication reveals that Spurs and Aston Villa have scouted Osorio over recent months and the two Premier League clubs could be set to make moves for the youngster.
However, it is explained that as things stand, the teenager is unlikely to leave Universidad de Chile before the January window closes.
LUN also spoke to the player’s mother, Alicia Osorio, who explained why she did not want her son to move to England back in the summer when Wolves came calling.
She is quoted as saying: “Last year, when he got the real proposal [from Wolves], we thought we’d go with him. Eyes closed, I catch my partner and we leave. It was already terrible that he was alone in Santiago, so not in another country and not so far away.
“We would go with him until he gets used to it. But for now, Dario just wants to play. He wants to continue in the South American and return to La U [Universidad de Chile]. He’s not thinking about leaving.”
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It is quite interesting to see that Premier League clubs (including Spurs) are now expanding their scouting networks to countries like Chile rather than just looking to the Brazilian and Argentinean markets. However, just because Tottenham have scouted Osorio, does not mean their interest in the winger is concrete.
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