Tottenham target Thiago Silva wants to play in the Premier League after his Paris Saint-Germain contract expires next week.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is preparing for an exodus of defenders in the summer, as Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth are set to leave north London when the transfer window opens. As any good manager will know, having a strong defence is just as important as a potent attack in order to win trophies.
The Brazilian has bags of experience and he will become a free agent at the end of the month, which has put him on Mourinho’s radar.
Daniel Levy has made it clear that the manager will have to operate on a tight budget, requiring him to rely on swap deals and free agencies. However, Silva’s arrival could lead to Toby Alderweireld leaving if the transfer goes through.
The Belgian, who was a favourite of Mauricio Pochettino, has played 27 games in the Premier League this season, scoring one goal, providing two assists, making 1.2 tackles per game, averaging one interception, and completing just 0.4 key passes per game on average (via WhoScored).
Alderweireld has never looked comfortable as a centre-back and he might find opportunities hard to come by if Silva joins the Lilywhites in the summer. Indeed, the Brazil international has earned a higher WhoScored rating than his Belgian counterpart so far.
While Vertonghen has been the centre of attention in recent weeks, his teammate could be set for a shock departure as well. Although Alderweireld has insisted he never considered leaving Tottenham, the former Atletico Madrid ace sat on the bench for the last two games since football resumed.
The veteran is just two caps shy from a century and he will be looking to play regularly in order to be named in Roberto Martinez’s Euro 2020 squad next year.
If Silva arrives, it is Alderweireld who is in danger of missing out, as he is below Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez in the pecking order.
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