Spurs appear to be inching closer towards completing their first signing of the summer as Kenyan international Victor Wanyama has reportedly passed his medical and will be announced shortly. HITC Sport report that the deal is close, which can only be a good thing for the North London outfit who are short of quality cover in the squad.
Wanyama looks to be an astute signing, especially given Eric Dier’s relative inexperience, and would provide Pochettino with the option of rotation that he used so frequently with the full-backs in the 2015/16 season. Assuming that Wanyama is signed as cover for Dier, which looks more than likely given the England youngster’s stellar performances for both club and country, then it would be unsurprising to see Dier used in the Champions League games in mid-week, with the Kenyan starting the following league games as a minimum.
Wanyama’s physicality would also be a huge asset defensively – the Spurs midfield could realistically feature all of Eric Dier, Mousa Dembélé and Wanyama at the same time, which would add a physical dimension to the team that few opponents could match.
Another incoming signing that is allegedly close to completion is that of Paraguayan striker Antonio Sanabria, according to Gazzetta. The young striker, aged just 20, would provide cover for Harry Kane, who has looked fatigued at Euro 2016 as a result of playing the last 66 consecutive league games.
The Englishman is in dire need of adept back-up and Sanabria would bring just that. The Paraguayan spent last season on loan at Sporting Gijon from parent club AS Roma, but the financial prowess of the Premier League clubs would surely be too attractive an offer for both Roma and the player to turn down.
The focus of Spurs’ transfer policy this summer has to be adding depth to a squad whose first XI can match any other team in the league, but who sorely lacked strength in depth that prevented them from challenging seriously across multiple fronts in the season just gone.
Concluding with a potential departure from the Premier League to Serie A, and Sky report that Napoli have expressed an interest in midfielder Alex Pritchard. The surprise interest from Napoli, who secured 2nd place in Serie A in the 2015/16 season behind the ever-dominant Juventus, would be likely to attract a player with such limited playing opportunities at his current club.
While Pritchard’s departure would be disappointing because he’s an academy graduate, and has spent most of his life at Spurs, Napoli would present him with playing time he is far from guaranteed currently, and because of his position in the pecking order at Spurs it would make sense to let him go.
Therefore, if Napoli meet the £8 million valuation that Spurs have placed on him, it would be likely to see the Englishman depart. Outside of a purely Spurs-based view-point, it would be nice to see a player from these shores try his luck in continental Europe, as so few ever take that leap.
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