According to an exclusive report from Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Serie A side Atalanta currently have Standard Liege defender Mergim Vojvoda ‘in hand’ – and the full-back is seen as a potential replacement for Tottenham Hotspur target Timothy Castagne.
Spurs have been linked with a move for the Belgium international over the last few weeks, with manager Jose Mourinho looking at options given Serge Aurier is being courted by AC Milan, and football.london also believe this emerged news on Vojvoda’s move to Italy could be a boost in trying to sign Castagne.
Would Castagne be an £18 million bargain?
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Even the defender himself admitted to Atalanta’s interest and confirmed that he has ‘agreed terms’, as per Gazeta Ole via Football Italia, with it looking like just a matter of time before a deal is officially announced – potentially brilliant news for chairman Daniel Levy and co.
This opens the door for Castagne’s potential move to north London, with the player openly stating that he wishes to ply his trade in the Premier League one day (RTBF via le10sport).
Ex-Spurs striker Darren Bent recently lauded the prospect of signing Castagne, who could be Spurs’ third summer acquisition after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart, who is thought to be close to joining the club (the Athletic) – calling the 6ft 1 defender an £18 million ‘bargain’ in an interview with Football Insider.
But what exactly would he bring under Mourinho? Well, according to WhoScored, Castagne averaged a noteworthy 85.4% pass success rate last season – more than any Spurs defender, other than Davinson Sanchez, managed in the Premier League.
This could support the theory he would be an addition at the back who would smoothly transition defence into attack whilst maintaining possession for the Lilywhites – a far cry from Aurier who manages to complete just 79.1% of his passes by comparison.
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