According to a Spanish source, Tottenham Hotspur target and Villarreal defender Pervis Estupinan is in the shop window this summer.
The Lowdown: An uncertain future
The 24-year-old first joined the La Liga outfit from former Premier League side Watford two years ago and has become an integral part of Unai Emery’s starting XI, making 73 appearances during his time at the club so far.
Even though the left-back still has five years remaining on his contract in Spain, he has recently been linked with a move away from the Yellow Submarine, with CBS reporter Ben Jacobs claiming talks are ‘advanced’ over a move to north London.
Following a fresh update, it looks like this is a move that could well happen in the coming weeks…
The Latest: Spurs gifted Estupinan boost
In an article published by Spanish outlet El Periodico Mediterraneo (via Sport Witness), it’s claimed that Tottenham are indeed ‘interested’ in Estupinan, and whilst there hasn’t yet been any official bids made, it’s stated that Villarreal would be ‘willing to sell’ if an offer arrived that would ‘satisfy’ the hierarchy.
The source report that the giants have firmly placed their man ‘in the shop window’ and is just ‘one of the several’ players who would be allowed to leave in order to help reduce the club’s large wage bill.
The Verdict: Potential bargain
Antonio Conte is already closing in on the signings of Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence, but the boss must feel like he needs to strengthen his defensive options even further, and with the future of Sergio Reguilon uncertain, Estupinan’s arrival would surely only push the former Real Madrid man out the exit door.
The 26-cap international, who was once dubbed an ‘impressive’ player by football analyst Reece Chambers, isn’t renowned for his attacking abilities, but is a versatile player and can add some much-needed assurance to a backline. He averaged 1.3 tackles per league game and an 81.5% pass success rate last term, via WhoScored, and ‘handled (Mohamed) Salah exceptionally‘ against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.
It yet remains to be seen how much Villarreal would value Estupinan at, but considering they are desperate to generate transfer funds and are voluntarily open to letting him go, Spurs should be all over this potential bargain if the opportunity to sign him arises.
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