Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a move for former Arsenal youth team player Donyell Malen after his impressive start to the season, according to Calciomercato.
The Italian publication are claiming that the north London giants have joined the likes of Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool in the chase for the Dutchman.
According to an earlier report from Calciomercato, PSV value Malen in excess of €30m (roughly £26.6m). The player is thought to be a client of famous football agent Mino Raiola, according to Sport Witness.
A move for Malen may ease the burden from some of Tottenham’s attacking stars like Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, who contributed the majority of the club’s goals in the Premier League last season. Kane contributed 21 goals, while Son contributed 18 goals of the club’s 65 in the top flight, meaning the duo combined to score and assist more than 50% of all goals the club scored last campaign (via WhoScored).
The Holland international has already shown his goalscoring ability in the 2018/2019 season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions as PSV lifted the league title (via Transfermarkt). The 20-year-old has already matched his tally from last season, scoring 11 goals in just 14 games this season.
However, it’s more than just Malen’s goalscoring ability which makes him a good player. In the Eredivisie this season, the attacker averages 1.8 dribbles per game, the same at Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-Min, who top the charts at Spurs. That may help the team carry the attack to the opposition better, with notable journalist Miguel Delaney nothing Spurs have looked stale so far this season.
For a reported fee of €30m (roughly £26.6m), signing Malen could be a good way to go. Indeed, his attacking quality could take the burden off Son and Kane, who often carry the hopes of the team.
Strength in depth is an issue for the north London giants after their limited transfer activity in recent years and Malen is a player who could solve that problem, at least in theory.
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