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Alderweireld out, De Ligt in and £25m up would represent a Tottenham transfer masterstroke

Tottenham Hotspur look set to lose the Belgian this summer.

Mathew Nash

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It seems just a matter of time now before Tottenham Hotspur lose their Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old has rejected the club’s offer of a new contract, reported by the Mirror to be worth around £120k-a-week. Despite the doubling of is wages he is said to be unhappy at the length of any deal and now appears set to leave.

The Mirror report this morning that Spurs want a fee near the £75 million Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk. Tottenham still consider Alderweireld to be among the best defenders in the Premier League, despite an injury struck campaign. Therefore, a fee must match that paid for the Dutchman.

Spurs, according to the same report, have also identified the man they want to replace Alderweireld in North London. Once again they will apparently turn to Ajax. Following on from bringing Davinson Sanchez to the club last summer, 12 months on they are set to target Matthijs De Ligt.

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The fee for the 18-year-old is said to be in the £50 million region and if these two deals pan out as reported than Daniel Levy and co have done fantastic business for Tottenham Hotspur.

Alderweireld is undoubtedly a world-class defender. However, injury concerns are a concern, especially as he approaches his 30s. A fee of £75 million would be more than fair compensation for his services at this place in time.

As for De Ligt, he is probably the best young defender in world football. Despite his tender age, he is already a full Dutch international, recently making headlines for a stunning performance v Portugal. He kept Cristiano Ronaldo out at one end whilst his marauding style in a back-three also saw him bag two assists in a 3-0 win for the Dutch.

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Many in his homeland are comparing him to Dutch legend Ronald Koeman and the similarities are obvious to see.

Some of the biggest clubs in world football are keen on De Ligt. Tottenham do however have an advantage due to their good working relationship with the Dutch champions – who they have done business with over Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Sanchez.

If Tottenham can bring in De Ligt and still have £25 million to spare from the Alderweireld deal then there is no doubt they have pulled off a masterstroke in the transfer market. Such a scenario will definitely pay off in the future when De Ligt is lighting up the Premier League.

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Matias Vecino is not the man to replace Mousa Dembele for Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur may need a replacement for Mousa Dembele this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur are now being linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino. Tuttosport are reporting that Spurs, along with Everton, are keen on the Uruguayan – who has been told he can leave the San Siro this summer.

The fee involved would reportedly be in the region of £26.3 million for the player. The obvious link here is also the interest in Mousa Dembele from Inter. The Belgian is high on the Italian side’s wishlist, as his contract situation at Tottenham turns rotten.

But Spurs should steer clear of any deal for the Uruguay midfielder this summer.

Undoubtedly, he is a very good player. The 26-year-old is neat and tidy in midfield with an excellent passing ratio.

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But, as anyone who saw the recent Uruguay v Egypt game will testify, his passing range is hardly expansive.

Vecino prefers a sideways or backward pass, rather than trying to probe the opposing defence. It is for that reason that Tottenham should simply steer clear.

If Spurs are going to replace Dembele this summer they need to do so with a player who has the ability to be better than the Belgian. Vecino, simply put, does not even come close.

The impact of losing Dembele will be keenly felt at Spurs if the experienced midfielder goes and ensuring a top replacement is brought in is imperative for future success in North London.

Vecino is not the man for the job at Tottenham Hotspur and he would simply not last the course if he made the move this summer.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Barrios pleaded, Vecino linked and Eriksen the difference

The latest news and gossip from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

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Barrios plea

Boca Juniors have made a final attempt to keep hold of their midfield maestro Wilmar Barrios, as Tottenham Hotspur continue their pursuit.

The Independent is reporting that the Argentine giants want to keep the player until the January transfer window at least. In order to do so they have offered the Colombian a massive salary increase, so he can partake in the Copa Libertadores campaign.

The 24-year-old has a release clause of £14.5 million and despite telling his club he would not be leaving prior to the World Cup, his time in Russia has seen him warm to the idea of a London switch.

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Vecino interest

Tottenham are now being linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino. Tuttosport is suggesting that both Spurs and Everton are keen on the 26-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Uruguay at the World Cup.

Valued at around €30 million (£26.3 million), he is reportedly not a part of Inter boss Luciano Spalletti’s plans for next season and therefore has come to Spurs’ interest.

With Inter keen on Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, it will be interesting to see where this transfer story goes.

Eriksen class

Christian Eriksen was in World Cup action yesterday evening, as Denmark took on Peru in Saransk.

The Danes won the game 1-0 but were lucky to do so with Eriksen struggling throughout.

However, the Spurs star found a touch of magic to help them win the game. His through ball was perfect for Yussuf Poulsen, who slotted home a left-footed finish.

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Tottenham should move for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez in quest for creative forward

The Leicester City maestro could become a world beater at Tottenham.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is undoubtedly looking to bolster his attacking options this term, and a number of stellar names have been linked with moves to north London. But so far nothing has gathered any real traction on that front.

A brief spell of hope in the pursuit of priority target Anthony Martial materialised yesterday, as his agent revealed the player’s desire to leave Manchester United, in quotes via RMC Sport. But, United sharply asserted that the player remains in their plans next season, just hours later, in reports from Sky Sports. And Pochettino will have reevaluate his targets once more.

One name the club has yet to be linked with is Leicester City‘s Riyad Mahrez. And that comes as something of a surprise, when considering the criteria Pochettino is looking for.

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The Argentine coach is looking to improve the supply line to 41 goal striker Harry Kane, and few if any, are as creative as Mahrez in the final third in England. The former Premier League Player of the Year is able to play across all front-three roles, and is equally effective in all of them – amassing an impressive 13 goals and 13 assists in 41 appearances this term.

Mahrez is clearly looking to engineer a move away from the King Power Stadium, following his 10-day absence in January, after the club blocked the Algerian’s move to champions Manchester City (Sky Sports), and Tottenham should now join the running for his signature.

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There are obvious concerns over the player’s valuation, with the Foxes turning down seriously lucrative bids of £60 million from Pep Guardiola in January, but Leicester are likely to concede for less now, as the player fulfilled his duty to the club – and they have time to bring in replacements, unlike transfer deadline day.

Daniel Levy will have to accept that a quality attacking addition capable of propelling Spurs to silverware will cost a serious fee, and it’s simply a sign of the times if he doesn’t want to fall behind rivals in the quest for the highest honours.

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