The Tottenham Hotspur supporters in the Transfer Tavern are well-accustomed to Mauricio Pochettino’s preference for utilising the younger players in his squad, and recent reports suggest another hot prospect of European football could be on his way to North-London this summer.
According to recent reports from the Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf, Tottenham’s long-term transfer target, namely Matthijs de Ligt has told Ajax that he wants to leave the club this summer. According to the report, Spurs will face competition from Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich for his signature, but considering his immense level of talent, the club should certainly be going head-to-head with the European giants.
De Ligt (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) has been tipped to replace Toby Alderweireld at the club in the long-term future, as the Belgium international looks destined to depart North-London this summer. The arrival of the 18-year-old Dutch prodigy would be a huge boost to everybody involved with the club, aside from Juan Foyth who would undoubtedly suffer as a consequence of the increase in competition for places.
The 20-year-old defender arrived from Estudiantes last summer after impressing as a youngster in Argentina, but since he moved to Tottenham his first-team opportunities have been scarce at best. Naturally, he will need to adapt to his new surroundings and bide his time whilst waiting for an opportunity, as there is already plenty of competition for places.
Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld are all currently above Foyth in the pecking-order, so adding de Ligt to the equation would put the Argentinian centre-back in a precarious situation. It seems unlikely that he would be able to break into Pochettino’s first-team plans with the added competition – a factor which could ultimately force him out of the club this summer.
Tottenham have clearly acquired Foyth with the long-term view in mind, but he will not be content to sit on the bench whilst new players arrive and instantly move above him in the pecking-order, so the club must take that into consideration when they weigh up a potential bid for de Ligt.
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