This month has now seen Tottenham Hotspur linked with two central midfield options. Both Napoli talent Amadou Diawara and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes have been discussed as potential summer recruits.
But both have carried eye-watering apparent transfer fees. Sport Mediaset suggested Diawara could be the target of a €60 million (£52.4 million) move. As for Fernandes, A Bola confirmed he has a €100m (£87 million) release. That’s a combined total of €160 million (£139.5 million) for the pair.
Such fees just do not seem very likely for Tottenham Hotspur. But it is clear that a central-midfielder might be a priority for Spurs this summer.
The player that could be perfect for the club is Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
This time last year Tottenham were one of many teams being linked with a move for the player. The Sun suggested Seri could be on his way out of the French club for a fee in the region of £35 million.
Seri however stuck by Nice ahead of a European campaign. Now his name is again being linked with the Premier League. Manchester United and Manchester City are both keen on the player, according to the Manchester Evening News.
But Tottenham must rekindle their interest in the player. The Ivory Coast international is out of contract in the summer of 2019, so his side will be nervous about losing him for free in one year’s time. His nation also failed to qualify for the World Cup, meaning no hike in price should he shine in Russia.
£35 million looked like being the rate for Seri last summer, but considering that dwindling contract there is no doubt such a fee would be up for discussion.
The 26-year-old, who has been compared in playing style to N’Golo Kante, would be the perfect recruit to improve the Tottenham midfield.
At a much lower price then the two aforementioned transfer targets, Seri might be better suited to Tottenham’s needs.
Forget paying out on Diawara or Fernandes, Daniel Levy likes to get value for his money. The Tottenham chairman and manager Mauricio Pochettino will not find many better options than Seri.