Tottenham Hotspur are likely to bolster their ranks before the transfer window slams shut.
Mauricio Pochettino has so far added midfielder Tanguy Ndombele to his squad with more likely to follow.
Spurs were defeated in the Champions League Final last season by Liverpool and finished fourth in the Premier League.
Defensive reinforcements are likely to be needed.
Jan Vertonghen is 32, Davinson Sanchez still somewhat inexperienced and Toby Alderweireld could well be sold.
Newcastle defender Fabian Schar is attracting interest from AC Milan, according to The Northern Echo.
If the Swiss defender is on the market, then Tottenham must pounce. Here are three reasons why:
Knows the Premier League
Schar arrived at Newcastle from Deportivo last summer for £3 million, according to BBC Sport.
He was one of Rafa Benitez’s most consistent performers last season, playing 24 Premier League games.
The 27-year-old missed 14 games for the Magpies last season and Newcastle failed to win a single game in his absence.
Schar wouldn’t need the settling in period that a signing from elsewhere in the world would need.
He would be able to hit the ground running straight away and with time ticking towards the first game, that would be largely beneficial for Tottenham.
Younger than Alderweireld and Vertonghen
Schar is three years the junior of Alderweireld and five younger than Vertonghen.
At 27, the Newcastle man still has his very best years ahead of him.
Of course, if Alderweireld does stay at the club there is nothing to suggest that Schar couldn’t form up a decent partnership with him.
Vertonghen did show signs of regression last season and if Tottenham can take advantage of the turmoil at Newcastle now, it could help them in the long run.
Some extra legs at the back wouldn’t go amiss and Schar would complement the current crop beautifully.
Newcastle offloaded Ayoze Perez for £30 million to Leicester earlier in the window. They aren’t typically a club to hold others at ransom for their players, particularly with Mike Ashley in charge.
A decent-sized bid from anyone is likely to see the club’s hierarchy seriously think about accepting it.
Tottenham should test the water for Schar.
Even if he is valued at £30 million, in today’s market that would represent a steal and at 27 he has lots of years left ahead of him.
The 47-time Switzerland international is paid £40k-a-week, according to Spotrac, and that would see him fit well in with Tottenham’s current budget.