Tottenham reportedly have Manchester United defender Eric Bailly as a defensive target for the summer.
According to the Daily Star, Spurs are set to battle North London rivals Arsenal for the 25-year-old’s signature and he will be allowed to leave Old Trafford.
It is understood that Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign the Ivory Coast international ahead of next season.
The report details that Spurs are set to lose Toby Alderweireld this summer due to his £25million release clause and Manchester United are keen to swoop, which is why Bailly could be used to try strike a deal.
Spurs are going to need a new centre-back if Alderweireld departs, but there is still the Champions League final against Liverpool to play this season.
Bailly has not had the best of times at Old Trafford due to injuries and form, but is still an exceptional talent and a fresh move may get the best out of him.
He’s a centre-back with tremendous pace and can read the game well, which is why Spurs should take a chance on him.
Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have been a dream centre-back pairing in recent years, but it looks like one could be exiting and the other is aged 32.
Spurs boss Pochettino needs to start planning for his next combination in the heart of defence and he may soon have an explosive one.
Bailly should be paired alongside current centre-back option Davinson Sanchez, which may be the long-term solution in the heart of defence.
Sanchez, who cost £42million (BBC), has been integrated well by Pochettino since joining in 2017 and shown some real flashes of quality.
The 22-year-old has been learning from his senior teammates and looks a great fit in English football.
A Bailly-Sanchez partnership would be a formidable one for strikers to face given their pace and power, while both still have a lot of potential to improve.