Speaking to Give Me Sport, journalist Sami Mokbel has claimed that Tottenham would love to lure Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt to Hotspur Way in the summer window.
The Lowdown: Spurs looking at centre-backs
Antonio Conte is looking to reshuffle his squad, with a number of incomings and outgoings expected before the transfer deadline arrives next week.
Recent starter Japhet Tanganga has been rumoured to be off on a loan move to Serie A giants AC Milan, as the Lilywhites look for the 22-year-old to maintain regular first-team minutes, following the return of Eric Dier and Cristian Romero from injury.
As a result, Fabio Paratici may well be on the hunt for a defender that can be a long-term centre-back partner for highly rated 23-year-old Romero.
The Latest: Spurs love de Ligt
Consequently, Mokbel spoke to Give Me Sport about the possibility of the Netherlands international signing for Spurs. He said: “De Ligt, I’m sure, would be someone that Tottenham would love to try and lure to the club next season.
“But they certainly won’t be the only ones because he’s a fantastic player.”
This follows the 22-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, recently telling NRC that his client is “ready for a new step” in his career.
The Verdict: Too expensive for Spurs?
According to Salary Sport, de Ligt earns £200,000-a-week at the Italian club. This may price Daniel Levy out of a deal, as star player Harry Kane is also on those figures. Therefore, it seems unlikely that Spurs would be able to warrant the same financial burden for a 22-year-old player as they would their most prized asset.
However, that’s not to say that the Dutchman is not worth the money, having never been short of huge praise. Italian football expert Carlo Garganese hailed the youngster as ‘an absolute monster’ who ‘physically bullies’ strikers, whilst Raiola himself likened him to ‘an oil tanker, [as] he will be unstoppable’.
These seals of approval have come from all across the footballing world, so it is not hard to see why Juventus would command such a substantial fee for a player ranking as one of the best performers in their squad (Whoscored).
But it will be up to Levy and Paratici to decide whether Spurs sanction a move for the pricey star.
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