Daniel Levy is renowned for his frugal approach to the transfer market, and Tottenham’s recent failure to sign Christian Pulisic further underlined what was already glaringly apparent.
The announcement that Chelsea had signed Christian Pulisic in a £58 million deal arrived as a shock to the footballing world at the beginning of the transfer window. What was less shocking was the fact Spurs held talks with Pulisic before he decided to move to Chelsea, according to the London Evening Standard.
While no specific reason was stated to explain why Tottenham had not matched Chelsea’s offer, it would be fair to assume that Levy was priced out of a potential deal.
There is no question that Pulisic is a quality talent to watch in the years to come and his stardom back home in the USA makes him an attractive commercial proposition for any top European club.
However, Levy will understand that Spurs can climb to the next level both in football and financial terms if he is smart with his recruitment strategy, so doubts over the true extent of Pulisic’s ability may well have forced him to turn his attention elsewhere, and rightly so.
According to a recent report from Turkish media outlet Fotomac, Spurs are interested in signing a superior wonderkid, namely Cengiz Under, although they will face competition from Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Bayern Munich for his signature.
The 17-time capped Turkey international has been in sensational form for Roma this season. Under signed for Roma in 2017 and initially had to bide his time for regular opportunities.
He made just 15 starts in Serie A during his debut campaign but he has established himself as a first-team regular this season by starting 14 from 19 league matches, scoring three goals and assisting six in the process.
There are shades of both Riyad Mahrez’s dynamism and Xherdan Shaqiri’s bullish approach in Under’s play: he is a natural left-footer who tends to drift inside from the right with the ball at his feet, dribbling beyond opponents with incredibly tight ball-control and throwing agile drops of the shoulder before adding the finishing touches in promising attacking situations.
That Under has already managed to score 14 goals and provide ten assists in 54 appearances for Roma in all-competitions is a testament to the enormity of his raw potential, and there is no question that he is one of the most potent wonderkids on the continent right now.
On current form, Under is streets ahead of Pulisic and a far more attractive proposition for Tottenham as they prepare to enter a critical phase in their long-term development.
If Levy is able to fend off competition from a host of European giants, it would undoubtedly be a deal worth salivating over for Tottenham supporters.
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