The Daily Star has claimed in Sunday’s paper edition (28/2, p45) that Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign soon-to-be free agent Lucas Vazquez – but Jose Mourinho may find he has competition from Leeds and Everton for his signature.
Vazquez, 29, has been a regular for Real Madrid this season – clocking up 26 appearances in all competitions. Zinedine Zidane has altered the nine-time Spain international into a right-back to cover Dani Carvajal, while remaining an option as a winger.
Despite his first-team involvement this season, Vazquez remains out of contract in the summer. Spanish website Cuatro recently claimed Leeds, Everton, Milan and Napoli are interested – and that Leeds are ready to pay £83,000 a week.
Now, Tottenham are said to be interested in Vazquez given his contract situation. It is believed that Real have offered Vazquez a new deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu but after 232 Real Madrid outings, he has rejected the offer and looks likely to depart.
TBR’s view – Which club suits Vazquez best?
Everton need a right-back. Seamus Coleman is getting on, while Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey are preferred at centre-back – while Jonjoe Kenny’s future at Goodison looks in doubt given he has been offloaded to Celtic on loan.
They could also do with another option out wide and that makes Vazquez ideal. Vazquez could be tempted to form a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti – but a move to Tottenham would also be tempting. However, his game time is likely to be less frequent.
Spurs have enormous competition all over the pitch, and that may see Vazquez struggle to start. At Leeds, he would certainly start and working under Marcelo Bielsa is a big draw – but they are unlikely to be in European football.