According to print edition of the Sunday Mirror (via Fichajes.net), Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus.
The Lowdown: Spurs’ defensive issues
During the summer transfer window, Spurs spent big at the back as they brought in Cristian Romero from Atalanta – the Argentina international set them back around £42m (Sky Sports).
So far, he has not had the impact Nuno Espirito Santo will have hoped for – albeit due to circumstances mostly out of his control – so perhaps it would be no surprise to see the Lilywhites dip back into the market to find him a suitable partner in the heart of defence.
The Latest: Spurs eye de Ligt
After conceding three times in each of their last three league fixtures, it seems Tottenham are interested in signing de Ligt from Juve.
Fabio Paratici of course has plenty of connections in Turin so there is already a route in for negotiations there, but the report does mention securing a deal could be difficult given Chelsea are reportedly prepared to offer more than €100m (£85.5m).
The Verdict: Expensive
The 6 foot 2 De Ligt has been one of European football’s most promising wonderkids after breaking onto the scene at Ajax but, while his move to Juventus has not been a disaster, he has not enjoyed the success many may have anticipated.
He failed to reach 30 Serie A appearances in either of his previous two campaigns at the club (Transfermarkt) and was part of a side that was unable to win the league title last term after prevailing nine times in a row before that.
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Still, he is only 22 and is clearly a centre-back with plenty of a talent, once hailed as more important than Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Lady by Juve legend Sergio Brio, while super agent Mino Raiola claims de Ligt is ‘unstoppable‘ in full flow.
The interest from Chelsea is a major obstacle – the Blues are the champions of Europe and are not afraid to splash the cash – but this could be a worthwhile long-term investment for Paratici and Daniel Levy if they can convince the youngster to ignore their London rivals.
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