Tottenham Hotspur’s Ben Davies is a potential left-back target for Napoli, according to Ciro Venerato.
RAI journalist Venerato dropped the news while speaking on Radio Kiss Kiss (via Napoli Magazine).
Davies, who has been with Spurs since 2014 when he joined from Swansea, made 14 Premier League starts last season.
Sergio Reguilon, a summer signing from Real Madrid, was favoured in the left-back position.
The Welshman, who has helped his country progress to the Round of 16 at the European Championships, still has three years left on his Spurs contract.
His sale could net Spurs a healthy fee, given that contract situation and Transfermarkt valuing him at £14.4million.
Venerato reports that Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri remains Napoli’s primary left-back target.
But if they fail to land the Italian, they are expected to turn their attention to Davies.
Napoli are tipped to use their ‘good relations’ with Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s new director of football, to ‘snatch’ the 28-year-old.
Spurs shouldn’t sell Davies because of his versatility. He played as a centre-back on six occasions last season and is well suited to the role on the left of a three. In fact, the Euro 2020 star can play anywhere on the left side of defence from centre-back to left-midfield, making him tailor-made for Paratici.
Paratici’s preference is thought to be a back three system, so much so he ‘changed course’ in negotiations with Paulo Fonseca when he learned of the Portuguese’s intention to play 4-2-3-1.
It would make little sense to sell a ready-made option for this new shape, even if a reasonable bid arrived, especially while the Lilywhites do not even know who their new manager will be – a boss who is on the same page as Paratici will surely see the benefit in keeping the versatile Davies around.
In other news, Spurs have struck an agreement with this Liga NOS outfit.
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