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Signing Napoli star Jorginho could see Tottenham challenge for the Premier League

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Napoli midfielder Jorginho is set to be subject of one of the biggest transfer battles this summer as some of Europe’s biggest sides fight for the 26-year-old’s signature.

It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Tottenham are among the teams preparing to swoop for the Seria A star, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

Joining Spurs in attempts to sign the Brazilian midfielder are Manchester United and Arsenal, who have also watched Jorginho extensively, with the player’s representatives attracting attention from all three Premier League sides.

If the Mail‘s reports are true, Tottenham should make the Italian international one of their top transfer targets this summer.

The 26-year-old has been a key figure in Napoli’s emergence as one of the most exciting teams in Europe and his efforts this season have been instrumental in the Serie A outfit taking the title race down to the final day.

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The five-time capped Italy international has drawn comparisons to the legendary Andrea Pirlo in recent months, even breaking the former Azzuri legend’s stats for the most touches of a ball in a single game.

According to Opta stats all the way back to 2005, Jorginho currently occupies nine of the top 10 places in Serie A for both touches and passes completed in any game.

The midfielder is evidently in high demand and he could ultimately be the perfect partner for Mousa Dembele to stablish Tottenham as real title contenders.

Reports suggest current champions, Manchester City, are among the front-runners to secure his signature, giving Spurs and even greater incentive to swoop.

With arguably the strongest midfield in the league, which includes the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, and Fernadinho, it seems more likely that Jorginho will fancy his chances in the Tottenham starting line-up, and that could be a deciding factor in a move to north-London ahead of Manchester.

It could a signing pursued by Daniel Levy that propels the Lillywhites to the next level, both in terms of challenging for the Premier League and competing on the European front in their new state-of-the-art stadium.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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  1. c b waters

    May 12, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Any established high profile star, throughout Europe, who is seriously targeted by City, United, Liverpool etc., are unlikely to come to Spurs because of our wage structure. Even Chelsea and Arsenal (not in the CL next year) will tempt that player far more because of wages. Our best bet is to source young players with HUGE potential (stars under the radar) who both parties will feel they can benefit and develop. We don’t buy ‘big’ well, anyway. Sanchez apart, who will be a great player one day, the high money paid for most players (Sissoko, Soldado, Aurier etc., the jury still being out on Lamela) has proved mostly a waste of time and resources. Let’s keep developing from within, and picking out the odd gem from lesser profile clubs throughout the UK, Europe and the world. If we’re going to continue being successful, it’s the team rather than individuals which will continue that.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure could be the ideal successor for Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele

The France Under-21 international has enjoyed a fine season.

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Watford‘s Abdoulaye Doucoure has enjoyed an impressive season at Vicarage Road and the versatile midfielder could prove to be an ideal signing for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

According to the Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to listen to offers for the likes of Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

Dembele was one of the names shortlisted and has been a revelation in his six years at the club.

Many Spurs players, including Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier stated in Soccer AM interviews that they believe the 30-year-old midfielder to be the best player at the club.

However, Dembele is one of the stars linked with a departure from the Lilywhites so a replacement for the Belgian will be a vital priority for Pochettino this summer. Doucoure could be the perfect man for the job.

The 25-year-old has been the Hornets’ stand-out player this season and has consistently demonstrated that he is capable of playing at the highest level.

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Usually a holding midfielder, he is best known for his intricate array of passing in the middle of the park and his ability to break up play.

These traits match the qualities Dembele possesses and, therefore, he would prove a smart signing for Spurs.

The Frenchman also boasts an impressive tally in front of goal with seven goals and four assists in the league this season.

According to The Sun, Doucoure has been a previous target for Spurs, and the potential departure of Dembele gives Pochettino a greater incentive to find a replacement for the Belgium midfielder.

The France Under-21 international has two years remaining on his contract at Vicarage Road and is valued at £40 million.

The midfielder has been a goalscoring threat in a Watford side that has struggled to find consistency all season.

A move to one of the top-six would allow Doucoure to take his qualities to the next level and should definitely be a name the Lilywhites are monitoring over the summer period.

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After injury-stricken season, new Tottenham contract offers hope for Harry Winks

The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal at White Hart Lane.

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This week began with deflating news for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks.

On Wednesday, England’s World Cup squad was announced, with Winks missing out due to injury – a saddening sight as many believed he would have been a key player if fully fit.

But, just a day later, the 22-year-old was handed a massive boost when he signed a new five-year contract for Spurs.

The deal offers much-needed hope to a player who has endured a horrid 12 months, revealing that Mauricio Pochettino firmly believes in the central midfielder despite his recent injury woes.

Winks’ heartbreak began on 1 April 2017, when the youngster was stretchered off before half-time in Tottenham’s clash away at Burnley.

The right ankle injury ruled out Winks for the closing stages of the 2016/17 campaign, and the Englishman hoped to return rejuvenated for the following season.

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Initially, it seemed as the creative midfielder had overcome the ankle pain, as Winks starred in a  number of Spurs’ high-profile matches in the fall.

Impressing in Tottenham’s famous Champions League wins over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, he was rewarded with an England call-up in October.

Yet, in a league match against Palace the following month, he was forced off at half-time due to a recurrence of the ankle injury.

After that point, Winks’ season was never the same. Limited to just a handful of FA Cup appearances in 2018, Winks last played in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

The midfielder is now set to undergo ankle surgery this week, hoping that next season he can finally start anew and recapture his top form.

Now that Winks has a stable long-term future at the club, his rehabilitation process will be filled with far less stress and apprehension.

Mauricio Pochettino views the 22-year-old as integral to his future plans at White Hart Lane, and the boost of an extended contract is brilliant news for the England international’s fledgling career.

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How Twitter reacted to Tottenham being linked with the next Andres Iniesta

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Few Tottenham fans may have been aware of Barcelona starlet Riqui Puig a little over 24 hours ago, but now he is the name on many Spurs fans’ lips.

Spanish newspaper SPORT say that the London club are in pole position to seal a deal for the teenager when his contract expires this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino among his chief admirers at the club.

An attacking minded playmaker in central midfield, Puig has been compared to Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho for his ability to transition play from defence to attack.

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As soon as news of Tottenham’s reported interest broke, fans took to Twitter to express their lack of knowledge of his skills or, alternatively, show off what they did know.

Perhaps unsurprisingly as one of La Masia’s top talents, Barcelona fans also reacted to the news with outrage and fury at what they perceived to be mismanagement of one of the brightest talents to come through the ranks at Camp Nou in a decade.

He may be young and lack the huge transfer fee of other players being linked with the Lilywhites this summer, but Puig has certainly got Tottenham fans excited.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:

The highlights reel was already making an appearance…

Yet some had other concerns…

And some confessed that they didn’t have a clue…

Whilst others pretended they did…

And experts had their say…

And Barcelona fans certainly weren’t happy…

 

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