The leading transfer news as far as Tottenham are concerned, as claimed in Spanish reports, is that Real Madrid have rejected an initial offer of £22 million (25 million euros) for their Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
AS believe that the north London side have been the first to show official interest in the up-and-coming 23-year-old, with Pochettino reportedly keen on making Kovaic the ‘cornerstone’ of his side.
Yet, the report also hints that it could turn into a long, drawn-out summer tussle to secure the signature of the Croat, with the Italian trio of Napoli, Inter Milan and AC Milan all interested too.
But, despite the growing interest, it is thought that both Kovacic and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane are content with him staying at the Bernabeu next season, giving Tottenham’s chase a blow.
Meanwhile, according to reports in the Mirror earlier today, Tottenham are growing closer to announcing their first signing of the summer with Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth set to join by the end of the week.
It is understood that the 19-year-old’s agent – who is ex-Manchester United and Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron – has been involved in talks with the London side to agree terms.
And Foyth looks poised to become the first person through the door at White Hart Lane this transfer window in an £8 million deal, with the youngster highly-rated by Mauricio Pochettino.
The 19-year-old starred during Argentina’s Under-20 World Cup campaign this year, featuring against England in the group stage, and Pochettino has been quick to snap up his fellow Argentine.
In other news, Italian reports have claimed that Tottenham have been joined in the race to sign ex-Liverpool midfielder Suso by Bundesliga sides Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg.
Corriere dello Sport allege the 23-year-old is currently happy to listen to offers from elsewhere, with first-team football not guaranteed at AC Milan next season, due to their vast amount of new arrivals.
And it is understood that Wolfsburg have already had an offer in the region of £20 million rejected for the ex-Liverpool flop, who has rejuvenated his career after an impressive stint spent in Serie A.
The Mirror had first claimed back in late-June that Pochettino’s interest in the attacking midfielder was growing and, although these fresh reports from Italy claim that AC Milan are in no real rush to sell, it is thought that an offer closer to the £25 million mark could begin to persuade them into letting the Spaniard leave.
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