Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has urged the club to sign Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti in the January transfer window.
The defender has struggled at the La Liga club of late, losing his place in the team due to a combination of injuries and being out of favour. Indeed he has featured just eight times in all competitions this season, seven of which were starts (Transfermarkt), and last season he only managed to make 15 appearances overall (Transfermarkt).
As a result, he could well be surplus to requirements at Barcelona and the Telegraph recently reported that the 26-year-old has been offered to Spurs this month. And Bent believes that he would be an excellent signing for the north London club if they can get him, given his experience at the top level.
When asked if the French international would be a solid addition for Tottenham, Bent told Football Insider: “If they can get Umtiti, wow. He’s big, strong, powerful and good on the ball, and he’s someone Mourinho can trust.
“He’s played in big games, won big competitions, obviously the World Cup which is a big one. If he’s been offered, that means he may not cost too much, so I’d snap their hand off.”
It has to be said that Bent is right here and if Spurs can do a deal to sign Umtiti, it would surely be an outstanding piece of business. This is a player who has been playing at the highest level for both Barcelona and France and someone who has won two La Liga titles, two Spanish Cup titles, one French Cup title and of course the World Cup in 2018 (Transfermarkt).
Yes he has had injury problems of late, but at 26-year-old he still has plenty left in the tank. As illustrated, he is also a serial winner, a trait not many current Tottenham players have, so getting that into the dressing room would be a big plus.
Defence is an area that Jose Mourinho needs to improve as they have shipped 31 goals in just 22 Premier League fixtures (BBC Sport). Added to that, it looks like Jan Vertonghen will be leaving the club soon with his contract set to expire in the summer (Transfermarkt).
Like Vertonghen, Umtiti is a left-footed centre-back and would, therefore, be a like-for-like replacement for the Belgian international. According to Transfermarkt, the French international is currently worth £36m, which isn’t an unreasonable fee for a man of his pedigree. If that was around what Barcelona would want, he would almost certainly be worth a punt.
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