The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will use their resources wisely this summer and strengthen in the areas which are most in need of improvement, however, recent reports suggest Mauricio Pochettino is targeting a right-back despite his breadth of options in that position.
According to a recent report from the Daily Mirror, both Tottenham and Arsenal are interested in signing Benjamin Pavard this summer after watching him impress with France at the World Cup, although they face competition from Napoli for his signature according to Correire Dello Sport (via Daily Mirror).
The versatile defender typically plays at centre-back for Stuggart, but he has been consistently solid for his national side at right-back where he has been allowed to use his engine effectively and offer a marauding presence down the wing throughout the tournament. His most notable moment of quality arrived in France’s last-sixteen clash against Argentina last week when he perfectly executed a stunning volley from outside the area to upstage Angel Di Maria’s long-distance equaliser.
The 22-year-old would presumably cost more than his Transfermarkt valuation of £27 million on the back of a glowing World Cup, and if Tottenham are willing to meet the demands of the Bundesliga club his arrival would almost certainly spell the end of Serge Aurier’s career in North London.
Aurier arrived at Tottenham from Paris Saint-Germain last summer following the departure of Kyle Walker, but he largely found himself playing second-fiddle to Kieran Trippier throughout the season; the England international’s performances in Russia will certainly ensure that he remains Pochettino’s first-choice heading into the new season.
But with Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth both trying to force his way into the first-team, there is simply no room for another defender, so something will need to budge.
In the interests of finance, it seems plausible that Daniel Levy would offload Aurier in order to secure the services of Pavard as naturally there is no need for three right-backs of proven quality to reside within the same squad.
Whether or not Tottenham will press on with an official bid for Pavard remains to be seen, but if they do eventually bring their target to the club then there’s no doubt Aurier will be destined for another transfer after just one season in North London.
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