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Could the arrival of Davinson Sanchez see Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld join Chelsea?

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As announced on Tottenham‘s official website, Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez has joined the London outfit, subject to a work permit.

This represents Spurs’ second signing of the summer and it comes at a club-record cost. The Guardian report that Sanchez cost £42 million, which eclipses the £30 million that Tottenham paid for Moussa Sissoko last season.

This news, however, has been overshadowed by rumours and speculation linking one of Spurs’ key players with a move away.

Centre-back Toby Alderweireld is reportedly a target of Premier League rivals Chelsea. The Champions, according to The Times, have been in contact with Tottenham over a move for the Belgian defender.

The report suggests Alderweireld is apparently unhappy with his current £49,000-per-week contract, with the 28-year-old supposedly wanting more than twice as much. The Belgian is no closer to agreeing a new deal and Chelsea are keen to offer the centre-back a ‘double your money’ deal.

If a wage rise is something Alderweireld is after, then a Spurs exit may be on the cards, with a short move to Stamford Bridge a possibility. The Blues are a club by no means shy of spending money and are, therefore, a destination at which the Belgian defender would most definitely receive an increased pay packet.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been after a defender for a while, with Chelsea supposedly interested in Southampton centre-back Virgil van Djik, as reported recently by the Telegraph.

However, Alderwield also appears to be on Conte’s radar, and there are few better defenders in the Premier League who Chelsea could be linked with. A crucial part of Tottenham’s team and a huge reason for Spurs’ successes in recent seasons, the 28-year-old has been in the conversation as the Premier League’s best defender, and rightly so.

From Tottenham’s perspective, with the imminent arrival of Sanchez, perhaps they can afford to let their Belgian star go. Although he is one of their best options, it makes little sense in keeping a player that doesn’t want to be at the club, and Mauricio Pochettino‘s side are now well covered if he did jump ship.

Sanchez joins Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers, the youngster, all of whom are capable of playing in a centre-back role.

Add to this the fact that Tottenham’s new signing offers power and pace, traits which Alderweireld doesn’t necessarily provide, replacing the latter with the former could prove to be good business in the long-term.

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Tottenham should sign Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic in a heartbeat

The 24-year-old has a £44 million release clause in his contract.

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Mateo Kovacic has revealed he wants to leave Real Madrid this summer and move to a club where he can “play regularly”.

Speaking exclusively to Spanish outlet Marca, he said: “In another club I’ll have the chance to play regularly as a starter. It’s an opportunity that I have & that I want right now.”

According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Tottenham‘s name stands out among the clubs that have positioned themselves to sign want-away Croatian, who has a release clause of 50 million euros (£44m).

Lots has been made of Toby Alderweireld‘s future at White Hart Lane but, in actual fact, central midfield is the area requiring the most attention this summer.

Supporters will go into next season with full faith that Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez can do a job in the middle of defence, with or without the former Atletico man.

Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Mousa Dembele’s future – he has been linked with a move to both Inter Milan and China – would leave Pochettino in search of  a new central midfielder.

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Spurs are being linked with a number of names to fill the position, but Kovacic’s is undoubtedy one of the best options among them.

Replacing Dembele with the 24-year-old Croatian international would be no bad move.

Just like the Belgian, Kovacic is a player who thrives in a box-to-box role, providing both power and the ability to pick out a pass – he is the perfect player for Pochettino’s system.

He is a player Spurs fans would love to see at White Hart Lane and the club has reportedly shown formal interest in him before (Sportske Novosti) – a long-term target, who is now very available.

The Croatian finds himself in the same situation for his country as he does at Real Madrid: restricted to substitute appearances behind a midfield bursting with quality.

Nonetheless, this is not a reflection of his own ability and Spurs could offer him the chance of regular first team football under a manager known for his ability to ensure player progression.

£44 million for the youngster’s signature would be a relative bargain considering his current ability, but more importantly his potential. He is a player Levy should snap up in a heartbeat.

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Tottenham round-up: Kovacic available, Son’s tears and Kane heroics

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Kovacic come-and-get-me plea

Spurs are said to be interested in Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic. As reported by The Sun, among several other outlets, the Croatian has made it clear he wants to leave Real Madrid in search of more regular first-team football.

He has a £44 million release clause and has also been linked with Manchester United.

Sonny’s tears

Tottenham attacker Heung-min Son has admitted breaking down in tears in front of the South Korea president after defeat to Mexico this week.

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Son scored a stunning goal in the game, but it proved to be nothing but a consolation for the attacker and his nation. They lost the game 2-1 and, when speaking with the leader of his nation after the game, Son could not contain his emotions. As reported by The Mirror, the Tottenham forward stated he ‘couldn’t stop crying’ after the game.

Harry hat-trick

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was one of the heroes as England thrashed Panama at the World Cup this afternoon. The England and Spurs striker scored a hat-trick for England in a 6-1 win. He netted two brilliant penalties, before deflecting Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s effort off his heel and into the net.

Kieran Trippier put in another fantastic performance whilst Eric Dier was an unused substitute and Dele Alli missed the game with a thigh problem.

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Tottenham could be set to make £23 million mistake with Alassane Plea

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The role of a back-up striker is one which continues to prove problematic for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente are the most recent new members to try, and fail, to satisfy fans as an alternative to Harry Kane, but now a new figure could enter the club.

The Sun say that Spurs may make a £23 million move for OGC Nice striker Alassan Plea to rotate and compete with the England captain, but to invest such a fee may just be throwing money down the drain.

At first glance, you may think that his record is impressive enough to put him into contention. 21 goals in 48 games in 2017/18 isn’t bad after all.

Fairly quick and a keen dribbler of the ball, drifting wide and cutting inside at times, he would clearly offer an alternative to Kane.

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However, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned too. At 25-years-old he should be approaching the peak of his career, but with only two and a half years of top flight experience he lacks the maturity that some other players at that age possess.

That alone is not a reason to be put off, but his scoring record has not always been so consistent and it does bring back echoes of Vincent Janssen, who joined at a younger age but with three full seasons of first division football in Holland, being prolific in all three.

The other major area for concern is that Plea is not the hardest working, often reluctant to press and defend from the front or drop back when required as Harry Kane is only too keen to do. In Pochettino’s set-up, that could prove problematic.

Daniel Levy clearly has his sights set on resolving this problem yet again after Llorente failed to provide all that Spurs were looking for, but he may be left feeling that he could get more for his money than by gambling on Plea.

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