Tottenham: Batshuayi latest; Aston Villa midfielder linked; Italian intends to depart
There have been significant developments involving one of Spurs’ primary transfer targets this week, with Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi telling Spurs he wants a move to White Hart Lane this summer, according to the Express. This comes after West Ham had a £31m bid rejected by Batshuayi personally, which would only make the Belgian even more popular at White Hart Lane.
The groundwork has clearly already been laid by the Hammers, with their bid proving enough for Marseille to agree to let him move, so if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is happy to pay around that figure the transfer appears likely – especially if fringe players like Ryan Mason or Heung Min-Son can be sold to fund the move.
Batshuayi would be a fantastic signing for Spurs, offering pace, strength, and clinical finishing which has seen him gain European prestige. The striker would also link up with his national teammates from Belgium, creating a possible quartet of Belgian players that would provide the core for the team.
Whilst the cost of the player may be the only barrier in the negotiations, especially because of the cost of the new stadium, a player like Batshuayi represents an essential step that Spurs must take to capitalise on their presence in the Champions League next season.
One of the strangest rumours so far this summer emerged from the Birmingham Mail, who claim that Spurs may active the £7.1m release clause for Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye. As ridiculous as it may sound, that a side who finished third in the league should be interested in any of the players from, what Jamie Carragher dubbed ‘the worst team in Premier League history’, Gueye might actually be a sensible signing.
The Senegal midfielder averaged four tackles and four interceptions per game, and just under two fouls – very similar to N’Golo Kante, who has attracted a lot of media attention for his defensive performances in a title winning team.
For Gueye to match these stats so closely, (Kante averaged just under five tackles a game and conceded just over one foul) especially in such a weak team, would suggest that there’s potential for the midfielder to provide adept cover for the likes of Mousa Dembele or Eric Dier.
Aged 26, he would also bring experience gained at Lille in Ligue 1 as well as his Premier League experience with Villa last season, and could be a vital addition given the extra European commitments of the squad next season – doubly so if the player came cheaply, which given Villa’s relegation is likely.
Meanwhile, Palermo midfielder Franco Vasquez, who has allegedly been on Spurs’ radar, has confirmed he will leave the club this summer, according to the Express. The midfielder produced eight goals and seven assists in Serie A last season, but didn’t make Antonio Conte’s Italy squad that received praise for its 2-0 defeat of Belgium on Monday.
Whilst the attacker would add the experience to the current Spurs squad, it is difficult to see him overtaking any midfielder in the current pecking order, and, at 27, is unlikely to want to move without the guarantee of first team football. It seems unlikely that the Lilywhites will make Vasquez a priority signing, and a deal seems both unlikely and a long way off at this stage.
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