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Tottenham signing Perisic would push Edwards even further from first-team picture

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Tottenham signing Perisic would push Edwards even further from first-team picture

Tottenham reportedly still hold an interest in Croatian international Ivan Perisic, which would leave Marcus Edwards swimming against the tide even more.

Tottenham remain keen on a swoop for Inter winger Ivan Perisic in the forthcoming transfer window, according to Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport, as relayed by Sport Witness.

The report claims that Mauricio Pochettino is ready to battle local rivals Arsenal for a player that the Italian outlet are apparently willing to sell in order to raise money to overhaul their squad this summer.

Perisic has 75 caps for Croatia and enjoyed a hugely impressive World Cup last summer, and his stock clearly remains high given the transfer battle that could break out in north London in the coming months for a player who is now 30.

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And Pochettino has not usually preferred recruiting experienced, potentially expensive options during his time at Spurs, opting instead to develop the club’s young talent.

In terms of wide players on the books right now, Marcus Edwards is perhaps the most exciting. In 2016, Sky Sports quoted the Argentine as comparing Edwards to a young Lionel Messi, underlining how big a fan he is of the speedy starlet.

 

Edwards is currently out on loan at Excelsior, where he has been getting consistent gametime and looking to find his way again.

And he will be hoping to return to Spurs and be the next young gun to muscle his way into Pochettino’s first-team plans, but if Perisic arrives for big money, offering an established option, he will find it very hard.

That’s after a career that has lost direction somewhat from that early promise, and it would not be a surprise if Edwards were to leave the club if Perisic arrived, simply to allow him to get the games he needs to realise his vast potential.

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