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Tottenham must hijack Man United’s move for £72m-rated midfielder to become title contenders

The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted by their side’s form in recent weeks, and they are hoping it will continue until the conclusion of the current campaign. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggled to gain any momentum during the first-half of the season due to a combination of injuries and lacklustre performances, but they seem to have turned a corner in the last couple of months which has enabled them to resurrect their bid for a place in the top-four. Tottenham have consistently impressed in the Champions League from the beginning of the season, and they have a fantastic opportunity to progress to the quarter-final when they face Juventus in the second-leg of their last-sixteen tie in March.

However, plenty of fans and pundits labelled Spurs as a strong contender for the league title at the beginning of the season, but they have fallen well below that expectation despite the obvious strength of their squad. Their failure to compete with Manchester City can be partially explained by City’s supremacy and huge summer spending in 2017, however, Tottenham’s lack of strength in depth has also posed a problem for Pochettino this season.

With that being said, Levy and Pochettino should be working in conjunction to establish a list of targets who can have the ability to bring genuine quality to North-London next summer. The performances of Moussa Dembele have been lauded in recent weeks, but Tottenham could benefit from the arrival of a new central midfield player next summer.

According to The Independent, Manchester United are lining up a move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £72 million by Transfermarkt) to replace Michael Carrick at the end of the season. United’s move for the highly-regarded German international would make sense considering Carrick’s age and United’s shortcomings in midfield – a pair of factors that should give Tottenham an added incentive to hijack their move for his services next summer.

Aside from Dembele, Tottenham have the likes of  Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks and Eric Dier who can all operate in central midfield roles of different natures, but none of the aforementioned players have the immense footballing ability and high-level of experience that Kroos can bring to the table.

If Tottenham want to challenge for silverware next year then they will need to make at least one marquee signing down the spine of their team, so they should pip United to Kross’ signature to sign a world-class player and gain an early advantage in the title-race.


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