Tottenham have been linked with versatile Juventus star Juan Cuadrado in recent days, and his performance on international duty this week will certainly have caught Daniel Levy’s eye.
This forms part of our Transfer Watch series, where we react to a performance from a current transfer target.
The Lowdown: Cuadrado links
According to Italian football journalist Rudy Galetti this week, Tottenham Hotspur have now ‘got in touch’ with the agent of Cuadrado over a potential move from Juventus to North London, and Paratici ‘would be glad’ to sign him, should he fail to reach an agreement over his contract.
Should Tottenham sign Cuadrado?
The Latest: Surely impressed Levy
Cuadrado surely impressed Levy and Fabio Paratici with his latest international display for Colombia, starring in a 3-0 win for the hosts against Bolivia in a FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Thursday night.
The 33-year-old grabbed himself the assist for the opening goal for Luis Diaz, after picking out the Liverpool ace with a pinpoint pass.
He also won four of his duels, and recorded two shots, one clearance, one interception, one tackle, one cross and seven accurate long balls in total (SofaScore).
Cuadrado also made no fewer than three key passes, the joint-most out of any player on the pitch, and had a mammoth 110 touches of the ball, only bettered by teammate Gustavo Cuellar (SofaScore).
His 7.7. match rating was only bettered by goalscorer Diaz and man of the match James Rodriguez.
The Verdict: Sign!
Aside from his impressive performance, one thing that would have stood out to Levy was the fact that Cuadrado was playing in the centre of midfield.
Traditionally, he is a right-back or right-midfielder by trade, and so would probably fit into Antonio Conte’s system more as a right wing-back.
Nonetheless, his versatility means that he could fulfil a number of different roles for the Italian, and could be the marquee utility man that he needs in order to kick on next season.
Nonetheless, on a free transfer, it is surely a n0-brainer for Levy to bring in someone of his quality and experience, adding depth to multiple positions in one cheap swoop.
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