Tottenham Hotspur seem no closer to bringing new talent into the club with less than 4 days to go before the window slams shut, but a recent report from the London Evening Standard suggests they have an ideal opportunity to sign one of their targets for £31 million.
In today’s market £31 million is rapidly becoming a figure which clubs expect to pay for any player who has demonstrated a decent level of potential in one of Europe’s top leagues, and Stanislav Lobotka is no exception to the rule.
According to the report, Tottenham are interested in signing the Slovakian midfielder once compared with the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta by FootballWhispers, and a bid of £31 million will be enough to trigger his release clause at Celta Vigo.
During his debut season for Celta in the 2017/18 campaign, Lobotka was a mainstay at the heart of the midfield as he started 34 matches in La Liga and came on as a substitute on the 4 occasions he didn’t make the starting line-up.
Using his technical ability and composure in possession, the 23-year-old was highly effective at keeping things ticking over with his forward-thinking vision and willingness to receive the ball in high-pressure situations.
The fact Lobotka immediately settled into life at Celta after joining from the comparatively lower standard Danish Superliagen suggests that the Slovakia international is cut out for a successful career in one of Europe’s top leagues, but whether he is made for the Champions League remains to be seen.
It seems almost certain that Tottenham will avoid bringing in a new central midfielder unless Dembele leaves before the window slams shut but, if their Belgian lynchpin does indeed depart, they should target an experienced talent with a proven record at the top level.
Tottenham are looking to cement their status as a top-four club this season with their move into the new stadium providing the architectural foundations for decades of success, but without the right players they will be left behind their top-four rivals.
Lobotka is certainly a player to keep an eye on considering his release clause is verging on modest in the current climate, however, Daniel Levy should avoid taking an atypical risk in the transfer market and hone in on a central midfield player who would immediately make an impact in north London.
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