The Lowdown: Wing-backs wanted
Antonio Conte has already got off to a flying start in the transfer window, having secured the signings of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet, but it seems as though he’s not done there.
Djed Spence wants to join Tottenham and the Lilywhites are in talks with Middlesbrough over a move, say Sky Sports, and now they’re looking at a wing-back on the other side in the shape of Estupinan.
The 24-year-old still has five years remaining on his contract at Villarreal, but has been linked with a move away from the La Liga outfit, with CBS reporter Ben Jacobs claiming just last month that Spurs were in ‘advanced’ talks with the defender over a switch to the top-flight.
Following a fresh update, this is a deal that now looks highly likely to be on the cards…
The Latest: Spurs make agent contact
In an article published by Spanish newspaper El Periodico Mediterraneo (via Sport Witness), it’s claimed that Tottenham have ‘identified’ Estupinan as the man ‘Conte wants’ to fill that left-back position.
The source states that the boss is ‘no longer counting’ on Sergio Reguilon, with Spurs having moved him onto their transferable list and ‘awaiting his departure to try to hire’ the Villarreal star.
It’s reported that Fabio Paratici has already ‘started contacts’ with the player’s agent, and ‘will move for him’ as soon as they ‘find a solution’ for Reguilon.
The Verdict: Lo Celso swap deal
It sounds as though Conte has firmly set his sights on targeting Estupinan, who was once hailed as ‘one of the best left-backs in La Liga’ by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, and whilst it could be a pain waiting to offload Reguilon, there is the chance that the move could get done sooner by completing a swap deal for Giovani Lo Celso.
The midfielder spent the second half of last season out on loan playing under Unai Emery and has been linked with a permanent return after being omitted from Spurs’ pre-season tour squad, suggesting that an exit is looming.
Estupinan’s long contract means he wouldn’t come cheap, but the possibility of Lo Celso going the other way at the same time could play a significant role in whether or not Spurs manage to get this one over the line.
Dubbed an ‘incredible left-back’ by one tactical writer for Breaking the Lines, the Ecuadorian looks an extremely exciting option to replace Reguilon.
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