Tottenham look set to miss out on a defensive transfer target in Timothy Castagne, with reports that the Atalanta right-back is closing in on a move to Leicester.
The Belgium international, valued at £16.2m by TransferMarkt, had been linked with a move to Spurs, as per Daily Express, and told La Derniere Heure in June: “You have to be honest with yourself. When a team like PSG or Tottenham come knocking on your door, you can’t say no.”
However, Football Insider have now reported that the Foxes are closing in on a deal for the 24-year-old, with all parties confident of coming to an agreement which would see the player join the team who finished immediately above Spurs in last season’s Premier League.
Castagne scored twice and provided three assists in 33 games for Atalanta in 2019/20, helping them to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League and finish third in Serie A, just five points off champions Juventus.
While his tackling and interception averages are rather modest (just one and 0.5 per game respectively last term), he is composed in possession, with a passing success rate of 85.3%, as per WhoScored.
Tottenham’s search for a right-back alternative to Serge Aurier, who has been linked with a potential exit to AC Milan, has been answered by the weekend signing of Matt Doherty from Wolves, therefore reducing the need to get Castagne.
The Belgian actually won far fewer tackles per game than the much-maligned Aurier last term, with the Ivorian averaging 2.7 per match, while Doherty won 1.6 per game. The Spurs duo also completed more dribbles per game in 2019/20 (Aurier 1.2, Doherty 0.8) than the Atalanta right-back with 0.5.
Any disappointment at seemingly missing out on Castagne has perhaps been tempered by the arrival of Doherty at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Would Castagne have started over Doherty and Aurier?
However, with Jose Mourinho’s side also set to lose out on other transfer targets like Donny van de Beek and Milan Skriniar, it is galling that another player on their radar has seemingly opted for a move elsewhere, particularly when the club in question is a direct rival such as Leicester.
Also, if Aurier leaves and/or Doherty is unavailable for a lengthy period of time, there could be a gaping hole at right-back in Mourinho’s squad.
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