Diego Fabbrini is the latest attacking hotshot to be linked with a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham and Newcastle rumoured to be interested. talkSPORT's transfer spotlight has more on the young Italian.
Name: Diego Fabbrini
Date of birth: 31/07/90
Birthplace: San Giuliano Terme, Italy
Position: Attacking midfield/Forward
International: Capped by Italy
What's the latest?
As reported in talkSPORT, Tottenham and Newcastle are on alert after Diego Fabbrini revealed he could leave Udinese in January. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be an admirer and is keen to bring him to the Premier League as cover for the injured Moussa Dembele. If his agent is to be believed, he could well be playing in England sooner, rather than later.
Did you know?
1) Fabbrini started his career off at Empoli, joining their youth ranks at quite a late age. As a 17-year-old he quickly progressed through their academy and was included in the senior squad, although he didn't make his debut until the age of 19.
2) He thoroughly impressed during his debut season in the 2009/10 campaign, playing 30 times for Empoli in Serie B. His performances caught the eye of Udinese who initially bought 50 per cent of the player's rights, before buying up the rest of his contract in the summer of 2011.
3) He has established himself as a regular fixture in the Italian U21 side and was handed his first senior cap in Italy's 2-1 friendly loss against England in August 2012.
4) Fabbrini has been dubbed the 'Italian Kaka' for his sublime ability on the ball, and preference to play just off the striker. However, he is also able to play anywhere along the attacking line, and is frequently used by Udinese in wider positions.
What is being said?
“I hope to play this season so I can make an impact, improve and earn the confidence the coach has put in me.”
“Fabbrini is a talent, but he needs to play to show that. I’ve spoken with the club and if things continue as they are then it would be right to find a solution that would allow him more regular playing time.” - Fabbrini's agent Beppe Galli on speculation surrounding the player
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