Reports this week in Spanish outlet AS claimed that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea were vying for the permanent signature of Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic.
Yet instead of swooping for the Croatian midfielder, Spurs should renew their interest in Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia — a resolute central defensive midfielder who would be an ideal replacement for Mousa Dembele.
Over the summer, reports in France linked Kondogbia with a move to north London, yet the two clubs could not agree a fee and the transfer never materialised.
Yet with Dembele out of contract this summer, Spurs must target a like-for-like replacement for the domineering midfielder who has been at the heart of Tottenham’s squad in recent years.
While Kovacic is undoubtedly a skilled operator in the centre of the park, Kondogbia offers a more physical, ball-winning style that would help fill the shoes of Dembele.
In addition, the Croatian international appears likely to remain at Chelsea if he leaves Real Madrid, as Kovacic’s loan spell at Stamford Bridge has been productive to date.
Tottenham Hotspur would do well to swoop for Geoffrey Kondogbia in January, securing a vital successor to Mousa Dembele’s influential role in the centre of the Spurs midfield.