Tottenham Hotspur failed to sign a single player during the summer transfer window, but a recent report from Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo suggests they are actively looking to bring a new central midfielder to the club.
Indeed, the report claims that Spurs have had a bid worth 50 million euros (£45 million) rejected by Ajax for the services of Frenkie de Jong. The 21-year-old creative midfielder is yet another prime example of the quality which Ajax’s academy consistently produce but, unlike plenty of other players who have risen through the ranks, the Dutch giants seem hellbent on keeping him.
Whether or not Ajax will be able to deter interest from Europe’s giants remains to be seen, but the fact they have already turned down Spurs’ £45 million offer suggests Daniel Levy would be wise to turn his attention to more realistic targets.
With that being said, let’s take a look at 2 midfielders who should be on Tottenham’s radar…
Corentin Tolisso is a brilliant technical talent who possesses everything Tottenham could wish for in a central midfielder: he is composed and decisive in possession, intelligent with his positioning, a well-rounded athlete and incredibly consistent.
The France international has become a victim of circumstance at both international and club level with intense competition for first-team places limiting his game time. At Bayern Munich he made 26 Bundesliga appearances last season, but only 17 of those were starts.
His lack of regular action is bound to frustrate Tolisso given his star quality, so the prospect of moving to Tottenham and becoming an instrumental component of Pochettino’s first-team could ultimately persuade him to switch Bavaria for north London.
Tolisso only joined Bayern in July 2017 so he will naturally command a huge transfer fee, but on the evidence of his career so far it would be one well worth paying if Tottenham are serious about winning trophies.
Tottenham’s failure to rival Chelsea’s loan bid for Kovacic during the summer understandably frustrated a handful of supporters, and there can be no excuse for snubbing the Croatia international for a second time if he becomes available for transfer next summer.
On paper, Kovacic is made for a top-6 Premier League club: he is strong, bullish and determined in his style, able to influence the games at both ends of the pitch, technically brilliant and full of flair.
After struggling for regular opportunities at Madrid he now has the chance to prove himself away from the Bernabeu, and so far he has quietly impressed in his 3 appearances for the Blues.
But Tottenham should treat this as an opportunity to assess Kovacic’s credentials to thrive in the Premier League just as Chelsea will be.
Levy will need to fork out a figure which he has never previously parted with to secure de Jong’s signature, but Kovacic’s contract with Los Blancos is due to expire in June 2019 and, with that to consider, the 24-year-old maestro could yet represent a bargain signing for Tottenham in their hunt to sign a central midfielder of genuine quality.
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