Tottenham will no doubt continue their quest for a brand new centre-back this summer, as Jose Mourinho goes in search of a new Spurs stalwart in the back four.
A number of players were linked in the summer and January. Milan Skriniar was regularly mentioned, while other players have also been thrown into the hat by different outlets.
However, none of those potential deals came to fruition, leaving Spurs and Mourinho back at square one for the summer.
But, they could have been thrown a huge opportunity with reports from Italy (via the Sun), suggesting Juventus are open to selling Matthijs De Ligt, in order to keep hold of Cristiano Ronaldo.
And despite enormous wages of around £400k-a-week for De Ligt, the Dutchman is the sort of high calibre player who Jose Mourinho would love Spurs and Daniel Levy to go out and sign.
Eyebrows were raised when De Ligt joined Juventus in the summer of 2019. One of Europe’s hottest properties after helping Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals, the Dutch star sealed a reported £67m move to Juventus, with mammoth wages included.
However, it is claimed now that Juve might have to sell De Ligt in order to keep star man, Ronaldo. And while Spurs would no doubt have to find the funds for such a contract, De Ligt would solve their centre-half search.
Further, it remains to be seen whether the club will keep Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid star is eating a hefty chunk of wages in North London, so could that be put to better use with De Ligt?
Bale is believed to be on over £300k-a-week at Spurs, around a third of his total Madrid salary.
It’s certainly one on the higher end of spectrum in terms of being unlikely to happen. But with Juve open to a deal, Mourinho in search of someone who can be his new John Terry, and Spurs forever ambitious under Levy, the signing of De Ligt might not be beyond the realms of possibility.