Tottenham have yet to make a major summer signing and they will need to address that quickly after it was announced, by The Guardian among other sources, that they had agreed to sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City.
This was a deal that many thought would be done this summer, but it is a major blow to Spurs and could hinder the progress they are making under Mauricio Pochettino.
Unlike the rest of the top six, the North London club have preferred to buy young players and develop them, rather than spend big on established names.
Here are three right-backs that they could target to replace the outgoing Kyle Walker…
Ricardo Pereira – Porto
The Standard reported, yesterday, that the FC Porto right-back could the priority target to replace Walker. They would be required to pay the £22 million asking price for the player that has spent the last two seasons on loan with Nice, in Ligue 1.
This would still represent a tidy profit for Spurs, as they would be signing Walker’s replacement for significantly less than they received for the England international. The 23-year-old can play on either side of the pitch and he can operate further forwards, which would suit Pochettino’s 3-4-2-1 formation.
Pereira is good in both halves of the pitch and Tottenham will be seeking a full-back that is well rounded. He contributed two goals and four assists, which is a good return for a full-back.
The Portuguese international created 1.23 chances per ninety minutes, while he completed 3.29 ball recoveries. His aerial duel success rate of 47.92% suggests that he could cope with the physicality in England given time. Although he is far from the finished article, he would be a typical Spurs’ signing and somebody that would benefit from Pochettino on the training ground.