At the start of this week, reports in England explained Tottenham Hotspur have identified Joakim Mæhle as a target for the summer.

Claims made in the UK about Spurs keeping tabs on the Atalanta player has reached Italy and Il Giornale give their take on this case.

Their title states Tottenham Hotspur like the Denmark international, who joined the Serie A side from Genk in January 2021. Since then, he has made 27 league starts for La Dea.

The 24-year-old has been used both as a right and left wing-back this season, with his majority of minutes coming from the left side of the pitch.

The report says he is a ‘formidable player’ for the national team, but his performances are ‘definitely more normal’ with the Italian club. Mæhle has ‘struggled to keep up’ with Robin Gosens [left to Inter Milan in January] and Davide Zappacosta in the last 18 months.

Gian Piero Gasperini has Giuseppe Pezzella and can include Matteo Ruggeri in his plans next season. Therefore, Mæhle’s sale would have ‘no repercussions’ for the Italian club, if Zappacosta and Hans Hateboer’s positions are confirmed for the right side of the pitch.

Tottenham Hotspur followed the Dane in 2019, when he was at Genk, much before the Italian club invested €13m to secure his services.

Il Giornale state Spurs ‘would offer €18m’ for the player, and should they submit that bid, then the Serie A side ‘will evaluate’ it.

The newspaper points out Atalanta and Tottenham Hotspur have ‘excellent relations’ since they let Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini join Spurs last summer. The latter left on loan with an option to buy.

It’s claimed the two sides ‘will have to meet in the coming weeks’ to decide Gollini’s future and that’s when they could also talk about Mæhle.