Much was made of Tottenham’s failure to bring in any players over the summer. Despite every other team in the Premier League signing at least one player, Spurs were unable to identify any targets and complete deals for them.
It’s been a real sticking point with fans this season, particularly in the context of their recent loss to Arsenal. Though Tottenham have enjoyed a good start to the season, there’s no telling how good it could have been with the addition of a few new faces.
So, another quiet summer at the end of the season won’t be tolerated, though it seems as though the Lilywhites are already making plans to avoid that happening.
According to a report from AS last week, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is on-loan from Real Madrid, is unlikely to return to Madrid at the end of his loan spell, and so a transfer could be arranged. Chelsea, it is said, are the leaders in the race at present, but AS note that Tottenham have also signalled their intent to make a bid.
It’s been a while since Tottenham went in for a player of Kovacic’s quality, and it’s fair to say that all would be forgotten if Daniel Levy was able to bring him in.
After all, Kovacic – who is rated at £27 million by Transfer Markt – is one of Europe’s most well-known central midfielders. Arguably viewed as the successor to Luca Modric, he has a fantastic range of passing and dribbling, whilst his energy on the ball has offered Chelsea some much-needed vitality this season.
Tottenham’s midfield depth has been a big problem for Mauricio Pochettino this season, and Kovacic would go a long way to solving his issues. Able to play both deep and further forward, he’s incredibly versatile, and he’s just as useful defensively as he is offensively.
He lacks end product, but that wouldn’t be as problematic at Spurs as it is at Chelsea, given the goalscoring records of the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Kovacic is a huge name, and he’d be a real coup for Tottenham if they were able to land him.