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Have Tottenham Hotspur found Kyle Walker’s replacement in Porto’s Ricardo Pereira?

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Although a deal has to be confirmed, it is believed that Tottenham Hotspur‘s Kyle Walker will complete a move to Manchester City in coming weeks. Sky Sports report that an official bid may be made in the next few days, now that the player has returned from international duty.

Having been at the club for eight years and as a regular starter the last six, it is no surprise that Mauricio Pochettino has already been lining up potential replacements. The Spurs’ manager generally ensures that he has two options for each position – something which led to Walker being left out of several key matches in favour of Kieran Trippier.

Trippier, fresh from his first start for England in the defeat to France, has gained the faith of his boss, proving himself to be a capable attacking fullback with impressive crossing abilities. However, with European football secured for a second consecutive season, another solid right back is required.

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Top of Pochettino’s targets for this area is Porto’s Ricardo Pereira, believed to be valued at around £20 million according to the TelegraphThe 23-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at OGC Nice, forming part of the squad which mounted a decent title challenge against the big-spending AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Portuguese international directly contributed to six goals in 24 appearances as Nice finished third. His performances have attracted the attention of several of Europe’s biggest clubs, putting Spurs’ chances of signing him in doubt.

As well as interest from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – reported by the Telegraph – PSG are said to be eyeing the versatile defender. The French giants would arguably be favourites to get their man, having recently appointed Porto’s ex-sporting director, Antero Henrique, and considering the significant financial resources of the club.

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Tottenham’s strict wage structure should not hold them back initially, considering the lower value contracts in Portugal, but if they enter a head-to-head with one of the aforementioned clubs for Pereira’s signature, it is difficult to see them coming out on top.

Should Spurs be successful, they will gain a flexible full-back, capable of playing in defence, on the wing, and switching to the left flank. In that regard, he is an ideal Pochettino utility player. Securing him for just half of the expected Walker fee would be positive business, particularly as they only require a rotation option for Trippier.

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Now valued at £31.3m, Tottenham could have got Cengiz Under for £11.7m

Tottenham tried to sign the Roma winger last summer, but he headed to Italy.

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It seems that AS Roma winger Cengiz Under is a wanted man this summer. Manchester City are reportedly keen on the player, after an excellent debut season in Serie A. As reported by Calciomercato the Turkish international has a fond admirer in the form of City boss Pep Guardiola.

That has since seen his market value make the headlines. It is reported by Hurriyet that Under is valued at €35 million (£31.3 million). That report also suggests Tottenham are keen on the player. It seems unlikely and rather interesting timing, considering it came just hours after an opinion piece in the British press about Tottenham revisiting their previous interest.

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Because Spurs were keen on the player last summer.

Ajanspor reported at one point that Tottenham were close to signing the player from Istanbul Basaksehir. However, he headed to Roma instead. The player himself spoke of why he decided on Italy over the UK.


“I was convinced after we heard Monchi’s plan. Monchi [Roma’s director of football] explained they were making big changes. He made it clear that he wanted me as a player for the first-team squad, not as a future prospect. He valued me as a footballer in my own right now, as a rising star with potential.”

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Under has since gone on to have a great season in the Italian capital and has clearly caught the eye of other clubs.

The fee he joined Roma for was a bargain. The Giallorossi snapped up Under for a fee of just £11.7 million.

Tottenham must no doubt regret not managing to secure a deal for the player last summer. He was at a bargain price and proved to be a successful recruit.

If Tottenham want him again in the future, they are looking at paying double what they might have 12 months ago.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Grealish wait, Pavard blow and new kits

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Grealish wait

Tottenham Hotspur are not likely to tie up a deal for Jack Grealish before Sunday, despite conflicting reports.

Spurs fly out on their US tour on Sunday and there has been some suggestions that Aston Villa want a deal done before then – with another tax bill looming.

But Football.London report that the two sides are still far apart on a fee and negotiations are unlikely to be done by the end of the week.

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Pavard blow

Tottenham have been linked with Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard this summer. The World Cup winner with France has been suggested as a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld – whose future looks away from North London.

However, a report in Germany suggests that Spurs may be too late. SWR is claiming that Pavard has agreed on a pre-contract arrangement with Bayern Munich over a move to the German giants next summer.

They suggest he will join Bayern for €35 million (£31.3m) next summer.

New kits mixed reaction

Tottenham have unveiled their new kits for the upcoming season. The new strips have received a mixed reaction online, with the away kit being poorly received.

The home strip features a fading blue pattern from the bottom, which makes it appear Tottenham’s players have rather long shorts on.

Both kits have been lampooned and praised in equal measure on Twitter.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely

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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.

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Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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