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Tottenham should consider reigniting previous Alex Telles transfer interest

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Tottenham should consider reigniting previous Alex Telles transfer interest

Tottenham Hotspur have been struggling defensively this season.

Spurs have been shipping goals at an alarming rate, and the November arrival of Jose Mourinho at the club hasn’t helped the team tighten up.

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With the exception of Davinson Sanchez, who appears to be going from strength to strength under the Portuguese, everyone else looks suspect.

Ben Davies has only just returned from injury and perhaps still needs to get back up to speed.

Even when fully fit though, the Wales international doesn’t appear to be everyone’s cup of tea – lots think he is underrated, but others feel there’s room for improvement.

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With Jan Vertonghen looking set to leave at the end of the season, and Danny Rose perhaps unlikely to return, Davies might be the only option going into 2020/21.

Perhaps, therefore, Mourinho should think about strengthening in the summer – and one previous target of the north Londoners is having a particularly good season.

TBR’s view – Telles worth consideration by Tottenham

In the summer of 2018, it was reported by Sky Sports that FC Porto’s Alex Telles was on the list of potential Tottenham transfer targets.

 

Almost two years on from that interest, Telles is now looking a top player.

This season, he is proving himself as a quality attacking full-back, and is actually Porto’s top goalscorer with eight strikes in Liga NOS.

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Fans may have noted the goal he scored at the weekend against Portimonense – a thunderous drive from distance so good, it saw him becoming a trending topic on Twitter in the UK on Sunday evening.

Able to play left-back or left-midfield, Telles could be ideal for a Spurs system that sometimes uses wing-backs.

Not only that, but Telles can also defend, as evidenced by 1.7 aerial duels won per 90, 1.3 tackles made and 1.2 clearances made (WhoScored). He’s also been dribbled past less than once a game in the league this term.

Telles is believed to have a 40 million/£33.5 million release clause (Marca), but Porto could sell for less to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions (Forbes).

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