PSV Eindhoven secured a deal to sign promising ex-Tottenham summer window target Ibrahim Sangare on Monday morning, worth a reported bargain £8.1 million, and the decision not to snap him up for that price could have chairman Daniel Levy reeling in future seasons given his vast potential.
Sangare, who started 25 Ligue 1 matches for Toulouse last campaign, showcased a defensive tenacity which may have served Tottenham well in the Premier League – even as a back up option to first summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Should Spurs have signed Sangare?
Yes, so much potential
No, we have enough central midfielders
According to WhoScored, the promising 22-year-old averaged a hugely impressive 3.4 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per 90 over the 2019/2020 season – making more challenges in total than any Spurs player managed in the Premier League over that time.
Standing at a towering 6ft 3, his presence and physicality in the centre of midfield could have been in the mould of a potential Claude Makelele-type figure for manager Jose Mourinho – made evident by his lofty comparisons with Man City cult hero Yaya Toure.
Sangare has also earned the tag of being likened to another ex-Mourinho star in former Chelsea midfield dynamo Michael Essien, and the fact Spurs could have snapped up, arguably, one of the most promising defensive assets in world football for a meagre £8.1m should have Levy in full contemplation.
Now, with PSV taking a worthy plunge, the Dutch outfit may well have a star on their hands – and Sangare’s potential rise is certainly worth watching as future seasons unfold.
If the Ivorian continues this fine form, his valuation will only rise, potentially leaving many to wonder why Levy and co didn’t opt to secure him for this bargain fee.
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