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Tottenham Hotspur: Paul Robinson thrilled by Stefan de Vrij development

Tottenham Hotspur: Paul Robinson thrilled by Stefan de Vrij development -Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Rumours

Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Paul Robinson, regular pundit for Sky Sports, has been left thrilled by some transfer news out of Tottenham involving Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij.

The Lowdown: Spurs eye de Vrij move…

The centre-back was a mainstay under new Spurs boss Antonio Conte at Inter Milan last season, starting 30 league matches and proving to be one of his undroppables.

Commonly realised as a key figure under the 52-year-old as Inter ended Juventus’ dominance over Serie A, it is little surprise to see de Vrij linked as one of the many big names from Italy.

While Fichajes claim that the Netherlands international is ‘closer and ‘closer’ to Tottenham, Football Insider recently dropped an equally promising update on Fabio Paratici’s hunt to sign him.

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Indeed, they claim that the defender is open to joining Conte at Spurs and wants to know more information – telling friends he is ‘keen’ on the idea.

The Latest: Robinson reacts…

Reacting to this news out of Spurs, Robinson has been left thrilled, believing de Vrij is exactly what the Lilywhites need.

“He’s going to play a back three. If you sign a centre-half that’s used to playing in a back three, you’re winning already,” the former England international explained.

“De Vrij is somebody who worked with the manager last season and had success with him. He’s obviously somebody the manager likes and the manager wants.

“Centre-half is an area where Spurs need to strengthen. Romero, for me, is the only world-class centre-half that they’ve got. If they’re going to play three at the back, they need three of them.

“Dier, for me, is not a world-class centre-half. Romero needs players alongside him. De Vrij is world class and would be an absolutely perfect fit.”

The Verdict: Get it done…

Averaging a higher pass accuracy (93.8%) than any Spurs player last season, de Vrij’s composure and comfort on the ball is just one incentive to make a move and take advantage of his alleged interest.

His contract expires in 2023, potentially putting a little bit of pressure on Inter to sell him while they still can – with the Serie A giants having around three transfer windows in total to make a profit as the clock winds down.

He is currently valued at around £40 million according to reports, a pretty steep figure when compared factoring in the fact he is 29 and entering his twilight phase.

If Spurs can somehow negotiate that price tag down, de Vrij would be an immense signing for Conte and one who has already thrived under him.

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