Spanish newspaper Sport have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have made enquiries to sign Watford left-back Pervis Estupinan, who is currently impressing on loan at La Liga side Osasuna.
Estupinan, 22, is yet to make his senior bow for Watford despite joining the Premier League side from Serie A outfit Udinese in the summer of 2017. Watford owner Gino Pozzo is the son of Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo.
Since joining Watford, he has been on loan three times – all in Spain. Impressing for Mallorca and Almeria, Estupinan joined Osasuna, giving the South American defender his first taste of top-tier football in one of Europe’s biggest leagues.
He has taken to life in La Liga. Osasuna have defied critics who predicted a fight against relegation, with the Spanish sitting in a comfortable 11th. Estupinan has been crucial to that, missing only one La Liga match.
He has been involved in five goals from the left side of defence, scoring once against Champions League side Valencia. The report claims Tottenham and Manchester United have asked about the Ecuadorian, but Barcelona are also keen.
TBR’s view – Estupinan showing potential, but is he good enough?
More than willing to get forward and deliver crosses into the box, but also boasting the necessary aggression in defence to remain solid, Estupinan is showing all the signs that he could become a top talent in years to come.
But right now, would he get into Tottenham’s starting line-up? Ben Davies is liked by Jose Mourinho, and is a very solid option. Danny Rose is likely to leave, meaning Estupinan could be considered second choice.
If Estupinan is to continue to maximise his potential, though, he needs regular game time and sitting second choice to Davies might not be the right move. Is he good enough right now? Probably not, and he needs game time to reach the required level.