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Report: Tottenham and Atletico Madrid battling to sign 20-year-old defender who played at World Cup yesterday
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Report: Tottenham and Atletico Madrid battling to sign 20-year-old defender who played at World Cup yesterday

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly battling with Atletico Madrid to sign exciting young defender Piero Hincapie.

That’s according to the Daily Express, who believe both sides are chasing the Bayer Leverkusen centre-back.

The 20-year-old started for Ecuador in the opening game of the World Cup yesterday.

He wasn’t really tested by Qatar, as the hosts failed to really play the ball through Ecuador’s energetic midfield.

Hincapie is a left-footed centre-back that has already won more than 20 caps despite being just 20 years old.

He typically plays as either the left-sided or central centre-back in a back three at club level.

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Hincapie can also play as a left-back and mimics the role Ben Davies currently plays at Tottenham.

The Daily Express report that Hincapie was briefly considered by Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici in the summer.

However, Spurs decided to bring in Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona.

Tottenham could now be battling with Atletico to sign Hincapie and may regret not moving for him sooner.

Tottenham battling to sign Hincapie

Hincapie started with career at Independiente del Valle, the most famous academy in Ecuador.

His career has quickly progressed, and just two years after making his professional debut in Ecuador, he was turning out in Germany, via a stint in Argentina.

Currently valued at £34.5m, Arsenal are reportedly also interested in the defender.

Previously described as a ‘really impressive’ defender, Conte could see Hincapie as the future of Tottenham’s defence.

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Davies has been solid on the left-hand side for Spurs this season, and at 29 should be at the peak of his powers.

Tottenham battling to sign Hincapie would not only be a sign of their standing in world football, but their succession plan for Davies.

The Welshman’s contract runs out in 2025, and by then Hincapie would be more than capable of taking over the left-hand role in Tottenham’s defence.

If the Ecuadorian continues to impress in Qatar, Leverkusen may demand even more money for the 20-year-old.

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