According to Il Mattino, Tottenham are keen to sign Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer.
The Italian outlet claims that the Lilywhites are among a number of suitors eyeing up a move for the Napoli defender in the upcoming transfer window. Gianluca di Marzio previously told Sky Sports that Spurs are interested in Koulibaly and revealed that Daniel Levy has a close connection to the player’s representatives.
Understandably, this latest development could benefit Japhet Tanganga.
It is fair to say that Koulibaly has been linked with the majority of Europe’s biggest clubs at some point. The 28-year-old has emerged as one of the best defenders in the world, making 15 appearances in Serie A for Gennaro Gattuso’s side this season and starring in six games in the Champions League – attempting 2.2 tackles per game, averaging 1.5 interceptions and completing a whopping 5.2 clearances on average in the European competition (WhoScored).
Jose Mourinho is in the hunt for a new centre-back as he needs to fix his team’s defensive frailties. Spurs have shockingly conceded more goals in the Premier League than Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United so far.
However, Tanganga has been one of the few success stories in a difficult season for the club. The 21-year-old has played in a variety of different positions across the back line and impressed the manager in his debut against Liverpool. Nonetheless, the north London club are pursuing the Senegalese defender with great intent.
While there is no doubt that Tanganga should save the club millions in the future, he is still at the early stages of his career and could pick up valuable tips and tricks from the Senegal international.
Indeed, Koulibaly’s experience at the top levels of the game could make a massive difference when Spurs resume their hunt for silverware next season. He could even act as a mentor to the young Englishman on and off the pitch.
The usually watertight defence of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have struggled to convince the critics this season and, with Vertonghen seemingly heading out the door, there is room for another experienced centre-back to take his place.
However, the report adds that Koulibaly has also attracted the attention of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and it is unlikely that Mourinho will be able to afford his hefty £50m valuation due to the economic uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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