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Jerome Boateng available: Daniel Levy should make statement signing for Tottenham

Bayern Munich are open to selling the German this summer and Tottenham Hotspur might need a centre-back.

Mathew Nash

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Bayern Munich are said to be open to the idea of selling Jerome Boateng this summer, according to Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. He is quoted by several sources, including Goal, as making it clear if Boateng wanted to join a club who made an approach for him, the offer would be entertained.  

Manchester United have recently been linked with the player, but is this the perfect opportunity for Tottenham Hotspur to make a massive transfer statement this summer?

The Whites are in danger of losing Toby Alderweireld. His wage demands are not going to be met by Spurs who do not want his contract running down any further.

If the Belgian is going, a top quality replacement is needed. As good as Davinson Sanchez is, his inexperience has cost Spurs in big games.

Boateng would be the perfect recruit to play alongside Jan Vertonghen at centre-back. Still only 29-years-old the 71-cap German international, whose brother Kevin once played for Spurs, would be a shrewd addition to the Tottenham camp.

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He would be expensive. But Spurs have money to spend this summer and, perhaps even Alderweireld would be a suitable option as part of an exchange deal?

Wages would be a concern as well. But Tottenham have recently splashed out to keep Harry Kane at the club. According to The Bavarians, he is on £120,000-a-week. That would be a fair wage and one which would send a statement from Spurs that they are now willing to pay for top talent.

Spurs need experience. It became abundantly clear that this was the case in their defeat v Juventus in the Champions League.

Boateng would be the perfect answer to those problems.

Hypothetically, say he costs a few million plus Alderweireld? That would not be the worst deal for both Tottenham and Bayern, who’d be getting a more than adequate replacement.

Boateng is the marquee signing Daniel Levy should sanction this summer to send a message to his Premier League rivals.

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One winner, one loser as Tottenham defeat Fulham at Wembley

Spurs followed up last week’s win at Newcastle with a first win on home soil.

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Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from as many games on Saturday afternoon as they beat newly-promoted Fulham by three goals to one at their temporary home, Wembley.

Spurs were led to victory with three well-taken strikes from Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane, who netted for the very first time in his career during the month of August.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was left frustrated in his attempts to sign new recruits during the summer but his team’s start to the 2018/19 campaign will have undoubtedly delighted the boss.

Following the London-derby with the Cottagers, The Boot Room looked at one winner and one loser from the contest…

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Winner – Mauricio Pochettino

The Spurs manager will have been delighted with his charges who went about their business in typically emphatic fashion. Given the uncertainty surrounding the club’s new home this past week it was vital that Spurs put on a performance to put a smile back on the faces of the club’s supporters.

Pochettino has worked wonders in North London and although no new recruits were added during the summer, it still seems quite obvious that Spurs will be up there challenging for the top four again this season.

The 46-year-old boss got his subs absolutely spot on against Fulham with Erik Lamela providing the assist that saw Harry Kane notch his first every goal in August.

Loser – Danny Rose

Ben Davies once again got the nod at left wing-back to intensify the speculation surrounding the future of England man Danny Rose, who was an unused sub on Saturday.

According to the Daily Express, Rose is a target for French giants Paris Saint Germain this summer and, given the first two games of the season, it seems as though the 28-year-old is not likely to figure a great deal for the foreseeable future.

Rose was a peripheral figure for Gareth Southgate during the World Cup and it appears that he will now be on the fringes at Spurs – provided, of course, he is still with the Londoners come the end of the month.

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Early signs from James Maddison suggest Tottenham targeted the wrong man

The talented playmaker has impressed early on for Leicester City, but Tottenham tried for Jack Grealish.

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This summer, Norwich City midfield maestro James Maddison seemed destined for a Carrow Road exit.

Tottenham Hotspur were one team heavily linked with a move for the player. As reported by The Mirror, Spurs were reportedly all set to meet the player’s £25 million price-tag in order to bring him in.

However, it soon appeared that Tottenham had set their sights on a different Championship playmaker. Jack Grealish became the object of Spurs’ affection this summer. A £25 million for the Aston Villa man was rejected on deadline day and Tottenham ended the summer without buying a single player.

Judging from the early evidence, they might have made a mistake in not going for the new Leicester City man.

The Foxes tied up a £22 million deal for the player in mid-June. His start to the season has certainly suggested he was worth the money. Maddison impressed in Leicester’s opening day defeat to Manchester United. Then, yesterday, he had the home fans at the King Power extremely thankful for an excellent display v Wolves. He capped it off with a first goal for his new club.

The early signs are Maddison will be a Premier League hit. Tottenham Hotspur must wonder if in targeting Grealish, they went for the wrong Championship playmaker.

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Lucas Moura proved his point for Tottenham against Fulham with dazzling display

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He may have signed from Paris Saint-Germain in January but Lucas Moura has now showed what he has to offer Mauricio Pochettino with an outstanding performance against Fulham at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The Brazilian scored the opening goal with a fine, curling finish. Busting a gut to get to a loose ball on the edge of the box first, he showed incredible technique to curl his shot beyond Fabri in goal and leave the Fulham shotstopper with no chance.

It was Moura’s first Premier League goal, and a memorable one at that, but it would be naive to assume that it was Moura’s only contribution as he proved to be an asset to his team from start to finish with his energy, pressing and movement.

“Lucas was from day one with us when we started pre-season which is an advantage compared to the players that arrived late and today I think he was very good, he deserves a lot of praise. He scored but more importantly he worked very hard for the team without the ball and that is always important.”

Pochettino praised the attacker after the game.

Supporting Harry Kane in attack, only his new attacking partner completed more dribbles and he offered more too, winning the second highest number of attacking aerial duels and proving his ability to get stuck in.

What’s more, Moura’s work rate was clear as he won four of his six tackles, more than anyone else on the field of play at Wembley, and also made the second highest number of interceptions as he pressed high and applied the pressure on the Fulham defence.

For some time now, Pochettino has been searching for the right solution to support Kane in attack has struggled to find a satisfactory option. With Moura now finding form, he could have found the ideal candidate.

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