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Tottenham round-up: Barcelona target Kyle Walker; club to monitor Stevenage’s Ryan Johnson; latest on European transfer targets



Given the quick progress Tottenham Hotspur have made in the short reign of Mauricio Pochettino, it was virtually guaranteed that the Argentine’s squad of relatively young stars would begin to draw interest from some of the bigger clubs in the Premier League and across Europe, particularly so given that as of yet, a lack of silverware at White Hart Lane represents a lack of anything tangible in the meantime to show for all of their obvious progress.

Sensational speculation has recently emerged from the London Evening Standard, however, which claims that La Liga giants Barcelona could be preparing to table an audacious summer transfer bid for Tottenham’s flying full-back, Kyle Walker.

The Blaugrana have struggled defensively since allowing Dani Alves to depart for Juventus, and have failed to fill the void at right-back effectively, the only recognised senior right-sided defender on the club’s books being Aleix Vidal, who signed in 2015 from La Liga rivals Sevilla. The situation has been somewhat intensified by the fact that Vidal suffered an ankle injury at Alaves, which is set to keep him on the sidelines for some time.

With centre-midfielder by-trade Sergi Roberto currently occupying the role, the club are desperate to recruit a more reliable option in the position, who might also provide some of the attacking qualities missed since Alves’ departure, and thus the reckoning at the Standard is that the Catalan club have identified England international Walker as an ideal fit.

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He’d be a costly acquisition if Barcelona were to prise him away from White Hart Lane, though, after Walker put pen to paper on a new £70,000 a week contract at Tottenham in 2016. Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City also had a bid of £60million to sign both Walker and opposite full-back Danny Rose rejected during the summer transfer window, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy thought to value both defenders individually at that figure as a minimum.

It isn’t only outgoings in recent speculation which concerns Spurs, however, and the North London side are thought to be one of three clubs keen on signing Inter Milan’s Colombia international defender, Jeison Murillo.

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The 24-year-old centre-half has been a hit at the San Siro since a move from La Liga strugglers Granada two years ago, but Transfermarketweb believe the player, under contract with Inter until June 2020, favours a move elsewhere in order to advance his career. Tottenham are just one of three English clubs to be linked with a move for him, alongside Premier League rivals Leicester and Manchester City. The buy-out clause in the defender’s contract is believed to be in the region of £15million.

Spurs have been dealt a blow elsewhere in the market ahead of the window, however, in that Atlético Madrid have moved into pole position to secure the signature of one of their summer transfer targets, £25million rated Anderlecht teenager Youri Tielemans, according to talkSPORT.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season in senior football at the Constant Vanden Stock this term, having netted 18 goals from midfield and assisted 11 in 43 appearances. Ligue 1 side Monaco are also thought to be another interested party in acquiring the youngster’s services, as well as Premier League club Everton.

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Belgian Pro League leaders Anderlecht were originally thought to have been willing to part with the sought-after midfielder for between £15million and £20million, but the club’s asking price is now set to rise to £25million, the report claims.

Elsewhere, news has also emerged from the London Evening Standard that the club will continue to keep tabs on Stevenage’s 20-year-old defender Ryan Johnson, after the youngster impressed when given the opportunity to train with the Tottenham’s development squad for a seven-day period.

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Johnson trained with the North London club’s U-23 side at their Hotspur Way training ground in Enfield last week and featured in their 4-1 defeat away at Everton U-23s on Monday. He has so far made seven senior appearances for League Two outfit Stevenage, but is thought to have a host of clubs keen to monitor him, including Championship outfit Norwich City, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, and would likely trial the defender in a similar manner to Spurs.

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Scott is a Port Vale fan who writes regularly for The Boot Room as a freelancer. He is a fan of several sports but most of his experience in journalism comes from football and volleyball. He has produced several works on major Championships for both the FIVB and CEV in the volleyball world out in Switzerland, and is currently studying for a BA Hons in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

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Clement Lenglet is the perfect replacement for Toby Alderweireld

The French defender has been in fine form for Sevilla.



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When Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla last week, plenty of the La Liga side’s players put in heroic displays.

Wissam Ben Yedder, the goalscorer of both Sevilla’s goals on the night received the highest praise. However, it was defender Clement Lenglet who deserved the biggest plaudits.

The 22-year-old did a wonderful job of shackling Romelu Lukaku for most of the game, putting in a brave and assured performance at centre-back.

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It was a display that undoubtedly won him some fans, and Tottenham Hotspur should be one of them.

It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham will lose Toby Alderweireld in the summer.

HLN in Belgium reported this week that Spurs have ended contract talks with the Belgian and are prepared to sell him for £43 million.

Tottenham, therefore, have a potential gap in the centre-back position.

Lenglet is the perfect option. Not only is he good enough, as he proved by United last week, but he fits the profile of a Tottenham signing.

The Sevilla defender is just 22 years of age and has years ahead of him to develop. Then, there is his release clause.

According to a recent report from Diario ASthe Frenchman has a release clause of just €30 million (£26.2 million).

Such a fee for a player of his talent and his age would amount to daylight robbery.

Lenglet, who only joined Sevilla from Nancy last summer, would be the perfect option for Spurs to replace Alderweireld.

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He could rotate with fellow young talent Davinson Sanchez playing alongside the more experienced Jan Vertonghen in defence.

With a Frenchman behind him in Hugo Lloris and French speaker in Vertonghen, he would not have to worry much about the language barrier just yet.

Strong, fast, capable on the ball and a raw talent he is exactly the sort of player Mauricio Pochettino could mould into a future Tottenham star.

Alderweireld’s exit will no doubt be a shame for Tottenham.

Nonetheless, if they can bring in Lenglet for £17 million less than they sell the Belgian for, the club will have pulled off a masterstroke.

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Tottenham should fear Toby Alderweireld’s potential exit

Losing the Belgian international would be a huge blow for the Lilywhites.



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Reports from Belgian outlet Het Laatse Nieuws have linked Tottenham centre-half Toby Alderweireld with a £43 million exit from Spurs this summer after the north London club reportedly gave up on contract negotiations.

The loss of the Belgian international would be a severe blow to the Tottenham defense, as well as to the image of the club.

If Spurs want to take the next step and seriously challenge for the Premier League title and advance to the latter stages of the Champions League, they must keep hold of their biggest talents.

Alderweireld has been imperious for the north London side ever since he joined from Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2015. After impressing on loan with Southampton in the 2014/15 season, the centre-half excelled at White Hart Lane.

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An integral part of the impressive Spurs teams of 2015/16 and 2016/17, Alderweireld was an ever-present in the backline. He played every single match in 2015/16 and 30 matches the following season.

And not coincidentally, these years coincided with tremendous defensive fortitude for Tottenham. In both seasons, Spurs boasted the best defensive record in the league, conceding just 35 and 26 goals respectively- a truly remarkable feat.

Yet this season, the Belgian’s involvement has been severely hindered due to a hamstring injury. Consequently, Spurs remain well off the pace for the title race and have already conceded 25 goals, almost surpassing the previous season’s total with eight matches to spare.

If the rumours of his impending departure are correct, Tottenham will suffer a major blow to their back four. Physically imposing and tactically adept, Alderweireld has been a colossus in the centre of defense for Spurs for three years now.

Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth are simply not capable replacements for the Belgian international, and a loss of Alderweireld would spell trouble for Tottenham’s title chances and European ambition in 2018/19.

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£43m for Toby Alderweireld would be great business for Tottenham Hotspur

It seems that the Belgian defender is definitely on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur.



It seems as though Toby Alderweireld is on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur.

It is being reported by Het Laatse Nieuws today that the Belgian’s contract talks with Spurs have been halted.

With the Belgian out of contract in the summer of 2019, Spurs will attempt to cash in on Alderweireld now.

A fee of £43 million has been mentioned for the player, who reportedly wanted a wage to match that of Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool.

Tottenham’s stance of not paying out big wages to their top players has often been criticised. But on this occasion, the Lilywhites are doing the right thing.

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On his day and when fit, Alderweireld might be the best centre-back in the Premier League. However, it has been a long time since the Belgian had such a day.

Most of this season has seen Alderweireld on the treatment table. When he has played, it has always seemed a precursor to his next injury.

Given his age and contract situation, the injury record gives Alderweireld three strikes. At £43 million, Tottenham would be getting a fantastic deal for their defender.

The report from HLN claimed that Alderweireld wanted a wage in the region of €180,000-a-week (£160,000-a-week). Such a sum is vast for a player with his current issues.

The fact Spurs were reportedly willing to go as high as €120,000 (£105,000) per week shows that Daniel Levy tried to keep the Belgian, even doubling his current wage, but Alderweireld is on his way.

It will be a shame for Spurs but breaking the wage structure at the club for an injury prone defender would not have been a wise move.

Eventually, Tottenham might have to be more lenient with their wages, but that should be saved for the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen.

Tottenham should take £43 million for Alderweireld and persevere with the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth.

Alderweireld’s next club will hope they can keep the Belgian fit long enough to reap the rewards of his potential signature.

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