Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi, who is rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar, has opened up on his desire to return to AS Roma.
Frattesi was linked with a move to Spurs during the summer transfer window (Gazzetta) on the back of his breakthrough season for Saussolo in 2021-22.
The versatile midfielder ended up staying put at the Mapei Stadium and has continued his impressive form in the first part of the campaign, having found the back of the net four times in 15 Serie A appearances (Transfermarkt).
Sassuolo News reported last month that Antonio Conte’s men are continuing to keep a close eye on the player. Tottenham’s interest in Frattesi was baked up by Il Resto del Carlino, who claimed last week that Spurs face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Brighton.
The report further added that Roma could reignite their interest in the Saussolo star after having tried to sign him in the summer, explaining that the Giallorossi would be able to purchase the midfielder at a discount, owing to the sell-on clause in his contract.
Frattesi has now admitted that he dreams of returning to the Italian capital and representing his boyhood club.
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The Roma academy graduate told Corriere dello Sport: “When Roma decided to sell me to Sassuolo (in 2017), I was disappointed. I hoped to spend my entire career there.
“(Last summer), I was convinced that (my return to the Stadio Olimpico) was done. I understand (why Sassuolo refused to sell me). They could not dismantle the team and had already collected a lot of money from Gianluca Scamacca and Giacomo Raspadori.
“When my agent Giuseppe Riso was discussing the contract with (Roma director) Tiago Pinto, I gave him a bump with my elbow to make him understand that I didn’t give a damn about a euro more or less. I just wanted to play for Roma.
“Do I still dream of going to Rome? Of course! And, sooner or later, I feel like I’ll make it.”
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Frattesi would be a good addition to the Tottenham squad and would offer Conte more options if he does choose to deploy a 3-5-3. However, the fact that Roma have a sell-on clause in his contract and he desires to the Stadio Olimpico, makes Jose Mourinho’s men the clear favourites in the race for the 23-year-old’s signature.