It seems as if the transfer saga regarding Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United has been dragging on all summer, but with the deal finally imminent, the transfer market can finally get moving again.
It may appear unclear as to how a transfer involving Manchester United and Juventus affects Tottenham Hotspur, but the knock on effect of the transfer, with the Old Lady looking for a replacement for their French midfielder, could see the Italian giants knocking on the White Hart Lane door.
Don’t worry though, Spurs fans, it’s not Dele Alli, Eric Dier or Christian Eriksen. In fact the name Juventus have been linked with is barely in the first team picture at all at the current time. Nabil Bentaleb, a favourite of Tim Sherwood, is the man who has been linked with a move to Turin to replace the departing Pogba.
This bizarre rumour speaks volumes about Bentaleb’s potential as a central midfielder, but most Spurs fans will be happy to lose the 21-year-old Algerian to Juventus, especially considering the arrival of Victor Wanyama has significantly strengthened their options in central midfield.
The move would certainly be of benefit to the player, who is unlikely to get any first team football at Tottenham this season, and, like Pogba, could use a move to Juventus as a platform to launch a stellar career. If Spurs can get a decent fee, this could be a good move for everyone involved.
Elsewhere, Spurs face a challenge from rivals Arsenal to secure the signing of highly touted RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann.
The 20-year-old, who is currently on Olympic duty with Germany, can play at both right-back and centre-back and would provide vital cover for both Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen across Tottenham’s back four, as well as being young enough to significantly improve as a player.
The news that Arsenal are interested in the young defender will also be of interest to Spurs fans, who will obviously not want to lose out to their neighbours, especially if Klostermann proves to be a very good signing.
A defender may not be the first thing on Pochettino’s mind right now, but if Vertonghen’s injury problems worsen, he could do with another player to cover the loss of Federico Fazio, who has moved to Roma. He could do a lot worse than taking a good look at Klostermann.
Finally, Spurs may have to battle Arsenal for another youngster, after both London clubs were linked with Charlton Athletic youngster Ademola Lookman.
An England under-19 international, the 18-year-old made 24 appearances in the Championship last term and could cost around £2 million. For such a small outlay, and with a big future predicted, this could be a very smart option for Spurs as they look towards the future.
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