Tottenham should prioritise Andersen swoop over Nathan Ake
Tottenham are in the hunt for defensive additions and have been attributed with an interest in both Joachim Andersen and Nathan Ake.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side see the contracts of both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld expire at the end of the season and, while the preference would be for the pair to sign contract extensions, Spurs need to prepare for changes.
Sky Sports states Tottenham are closely monitoring Bournemouth’s Netherlands international Nathan Ake but also have Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen on their shortlist, according to CalcioMercato, and the 22-year-old would be a better option.
Said to be available for a fee of around £22m, Andersen would cost significantly less than Ake, who The Telegraph states will cost around £40m.
Tottenham will struggle to meet Bournemouth’s valuation due to the financial implications of their imminent stadium move and it also goes against the club’s transfer policy, as their club record stands as the £36m paid for Davinson Sanchez per TransferMarkt data.
Pochettino has a strong record of getting the best out of young players and should be able to craft Andersen into a top-class defender despite the fact he has no experience of Premier League football and is yet to represent Denmark’s senior squad.