The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting their club to sign a new full-back this summer with Danny Rose predicted to depart, and recent reports suggest one of the Premier League’s finest full-backs could become available.
Now that Ben Davies has established himself as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice left-back, Rose’s departure appears to be something of an inevitability. After more than half a decade of service to the club it will be a sad day for the Lilywhites faithful to wave goodbye to a player they previously held in such high regard, even if his conduct away from the field has rather tarnished his reputation.
Meanwhile, across London at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are reportedly lining up a bid for Barcelona’s Jordi Alba according to the Spanish media outlet Sport, although they face competition from Manchester United in the race for his signature. With uncertain times looming at Stamford Bridge it’s unlikely that anyone’s place at the club is secure, so Marcos Alonso should be particularly concerned by recent reports.
Whether Maurizio Sarri replaces Antonio Conte at Chelsea or not remains to be seen, but if he does eventually replace the controversial Italian and complete the signing of Alba (valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt), Alonso should be open to the possibility of a move away from the club. With that being said, Tottenham should keep a close eye on developments at Chelsea and explore the possibility of bringing Alonso to North London this summer.
A player of Alonso’s quality will certainly not be content to play second-fiddle to the exceptional Alba next season, so a transfer to Tottenham should carry a significant level of appeal as he would face less competition for a starting berth alongside Ben Davies. The fact that Spurs can also offer Alonso both Champions League football and the opportunity to play in a bigger and more atmospheric stadium next season should also influence his decision-making process.
Chelsea will undoubtedly be reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival, but their decision to offload Nemanja Matic to Man United last summer proved that it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, so Pochettino should do everything in his power to sign Alonso this summer if Alba eventually swaps Catalonia for West London.
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