There’s much talk on the transfer front emerging from White Hart Lane this week, but it may not all be arrivals on the agenda, with the Daily Star reporting that Manchester United and manager José Mourinho are linked with an ambitious £60m swoop for Tottenham’s full-back duo of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.
Rumours are rife that the Special One and his rival at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, have been impressed by the form shown by the England international pair, and although a January move seems unlikely, it may not be enough to deter a summer bid despite both players penning new contracts with the North London club earlier in the season.
Former West Ham goalkeeper turned pundit Shaka Hislop, a former Trinidad & Tobago international, believes that neither will be going anywhere for the time being, but could be more tempted over the summer, particularly if Spurs fail to win anything this season.
Of the two, Hislop also believes that Spurs would be more willing to part with Rose, compared to his opposite full-back Kyle Walker.
Hislop told ESPN FC, as quoted in the Daily Star report: “I don’t think either of these will go in January, let me just say that straight off the bat.
“Danny Rose has been outstanding for Spurs, almost under the radar during the course of this season.
“I don’t see both of them leaving but I think the easier sell for Tottenham would be Rose. So I think Walker won’t leave because they have to keep one.
“Out of the two I think Rose is the more likely to go if they do decide to sell.”
Rose and Walker’s fine form for Spurs this season has helped propel Mauricio Pochettino’s men above both Manchester United and City as they bid to finish in the top four for a second straight season, and keep pace with leaders Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. In their next outing at home to West Bromwich Albion, they will seek to secure a sixth consecutive victory to continue their rich vein of form.
As far as prospective arrivals are concerned, it seems Mauricio Pochettino is maintaining his philosophy of blooding youngsters at the club, and is seeking out talented youngsters from the continent and beyond as well as seasoned stars to bolster the Spurs ranks. To this end, one player Tottenham have shown an interest in is in young Stade Lavallois striker Calvin Tshilumba.
The 17-year-old made his professional debut in a 3-1 Coupe de France defeat at Avranches, but L’Equipe via the London Evening Standard claim that Spurs have made a move to try to sign the France Under-17 international from the Ligue 2 outfit.
The reckoning at L’Equipe is that there are interested parties other than the North Londoners, hence Pochettino has seen fit to reveal his hand.
Tshilumba is not the only promising youngster on the club’s radar however, with Mauricio Pochettino thought to be taking a keen interest in a prodigy from his native Argentina, River Plate forward Sebastián Driussi, if reports from the Independent are to be believed.
The 20-year-old striker finished as leading scorer in the Argentine Torneo Inicial, the first half of the nation’s domestic league season, scoring 10 goals in 14 league games before clubs departed for their summer break.
Driussi, an Argentina youth international, is being touted as one of the South America’s brightest prospects and has previously been courted by Juventus.
Despite Tottenham and indeed Pochettino’s interest, River head coach Marcelo Gallardo has asked the club’s directors to extend Driussi’s contract amidst his current form and is unwilling to allow the player to leave Estadio Monumental.
But club president Rodolfo D’Onofrio and technical director Enzo Francescoli are more open to sanctioning a departur, if they are able to secure a deal in access of £10million, that would both allow the starlet to remain on loan with the Buenos Aires outfit and include a sell-on clause.
Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be keen to make us of connections back in his homeland to add to Spurs’ growing array of young talent, particularly with many of Argentina’s clubs bearing the brunt of financial mismanagement amidst an ongoing dispute with the domestic league and national football association.
According to the report, Spurs also retain an interest in another River attacker, Lucas Alario, but sources at the club believe it unlikely that the 24-year-old will ever sign for an English club, given his complicated third-party ownership status. Liverpool have previously tried and failed to bring the player to Anfield.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has indicated he could be tempted by a big-money move to the Chinese Super League according to the International Business Times, but only in the latter stages of his career. The January transfer window has already seen as exodus of players moving to the big-spending Asian league, including Chelsea duo Oscar and John Obi Mikel.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has already expressed his concern over the money coming out of China, and admitted Europe’s big leagues should be wary. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino however has claimed he is confident his players would not be tempted by the prospect of improving their pay packet in China, but Dembele seems to have cast doubt on that assumption by claiming he would ponder a move to the Far East.
Speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, as reported by the International Business Times and in the London Evening Standard, Dembele said: “It is a very difficult choice. For young players who are still growing, it is not wise to go. For older players maybe it’s different. But honestly I have no idea about the level of the championship there. It is hard to say.”
The Belgian international turns 30 in July, and is arguably still in the prime of his career at the North London club.
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