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TBR View: Spurs-linked £22.8m ace has many suitors but isn’t a good fit for Jose Mourinho

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TBR View: Spurs-linked £22.8m ace has many suitors but isn’t a good fit for Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Barcelona-owned defender Marc Cucurella, according to Spanish outlet La Razon.

Spurs are believed to be one of several clubs across Europe interested in the 21-year-old, who has impressed on loan at Getafe this term.

La Razon claims that Jose Mourinho’s side, as well as London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, are in the hunt for Cucurella’s signature.

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However, they are reportedly joined by Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach, Napoli and Sevilla.

The outlet claims Getafe will pay €6million (£5.5million) in total to sign Cucurella permanently, but could sell him straight on.

The left-back will reportedly have a €25million (£22.8million) release clause in his contract, but Barcelona will take 40 percent of the fee if he does move on at the end of the season.

 

With the Tottenham futures of Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen up in the air, the left-back position is one which Spurs head coach Mourinho could have to bolster in the summer.

However, would Cucurella be a good fit for Spurs, and indeed the Premier League?

Mourinho tends to prefer a left-back who can also tuck in as a third centre-back, with a lot of defensive demands on the position.

The jury is still out on Cucurella’s defensive capabilities – he prefers surging up the flank than staying back and defending, and as such has been deployed at left-midfield on occasion.

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He is also quite prone to getting booked – as per Transfermarkt, he has picked up 30 yellow cards in 135 games at youth and senior level, and although he’s not been sent off, he’s still at risk of regular suspensions.

Therefore, at first glance it doesn’t appear as if Cucurella would be suited to Mourinho’s style, not to mention Spurs are in dire need of shoring up a rickety defence, which means more defensive-minded players should be top of the wishlist.

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