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Tottenham target Valencia’s Joao Cancelo to add depth at right-back – would he be a good signing?

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The Daily Mail claim that Tottenham could look to make Valencia’s 23-year-old full-back Joao Cancelo their first summer signing with a £25 million bid. Capable of playing anywhere on the right flank, he would be the first addition to Mauricio Pochettino‘s squad since last summer.

What would he bring to Wembley?

Primarily, cover for Kieran Trippier. After the former Burnley man was forced off with injury at Wembley on Saturday against Juventus, it’s clear to see why fans are beginning to panic about the lack of depth with it now possible that young Kyle Walker-Peters may step in.

Cancelo is a strong attacking full-back who has established himself in Spain during his time at Valencia. His quality has been proven to the extent that he was strongly linked with a January move to Barcelona by Sport and has been linked with Juventus, as the Mail report states. With an average of an assist every five games in his career to date, it’s clear to see why.

However, unlike many players of similar style, he is also strong defensively. A good tackler and very rarely caught out of position by his runs down the wing, Cancelo is reliable and solid at the back. Also capable of playing further forward on the wing, he can offer versatility too.

Is a move likely?

Speculation has surrounded Cancelo for some time, and Valencia have shown that if the right offer comes in then they will be more than happy to accept. Whether their asking price will match that of Tottenham is unclear, but a deal could feasibly be done.

Tottenham have been slow to act in the transfer market this summer, but injury to Trippier may force them into action with a move for Cancelo. They are clearly reluctant to spend unless required, in this case it is a necessity.

Given the collapse of Valencia in recent years, the Portugal international is likely to be keen to return to the elite level and Champions League football as soon as possible. Tottenham could represent the perfect opportunity to do just that.

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A move for Cancelo would be ideal for all parties. However, Tottenham have not been active this summer, and it remains to be seen if the talent of the full-back will be enough to get Daniel Levy into action.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Tottenham Hotspur fans react to Wilmar Barrios performance

The Tottenham target got a first taste of World Cup action today.

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It was a game to forget for Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez this afternoon, as Colombia were defeated 2-1 by Japan.

The young centre-back struggled throughout the fixture and can take a large part of the blame for their shock defeat.

However, whilst Spurs fans will not have enjoyed watching their starlet have such a troublesome game, they will have liked getting to know a potential new signing a little better.

With a reshuffle needed after a red card for Carlos Sanchez, the South American side threw Wilmar Barrios into the fray.

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Spurs have been linked with his signature for some time now.

The Independent recently reported that his current club Boca Juniors had made a last ditch attempt to keep him in Argentina until at least January.

Spurs are said to be close on a deal to being the player to England, for a fee in the region of £14.5 million. But what did fans make of his display?

What became apparent quickly is that Barrios is no replacement for Mousa Dembele. He seems to be more in the shape of another Victor Wanyama or Eric Dier type.

He is strong in the tackle, athletic and plays neat and tidy football but fans are probably wondering if the club’s money can be better spent elsewhere.

Here is some of the best reaction…

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Tottenham have perfect chance to finally sign Moussa Dembele this summer

The Celtic star could be on his way out of the club this summer.

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There was a point when it appeared Tottenham Hotspur might have both the Belgian maestro Mousa Dembele and French hotshot Moussa Dembele at White Hart Lane together.

Spurs fought hard to sign the talented French striker from Fulham in the winter of 2016. The Guardian reported that a deal was done for the player.

His contract expiring in the summer, the Lilywhites had agreed a £6 million fee with the Cottagers and Dembele was on his way. That was, until the club insisted he would not be loaned back to Craven Cottage for the rest of the season.

Despite agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, Fulham pulled the plug.

But whilst the Belgian midfielder could be leaving Spurs this summer, do they have a chance to maintain a namesake in North London?

It appears as though Dembele’s days at his currrent club Celtic could be numbered.

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Despite scoring 32 goals in his debut season in Scotland last season saw Dembele battle a hamstring problem and he found the net just 16 times. That is, of course, still a good tally, but considering his excellent debut campaign is perhaps slightly underwhelming.

Now it seems he could leave, with Borussia Dortmund reportedly keen. Celtic have just spent big to sign his countryman Odsonne Edouard from PSG and with Leigh Griffiths also present the Scottish side would be right to consider selling him at the right price.  

Tottenham missed out on a technicality just two-and-half years ago. Since then, Dembele has scored an impressive 48 goals and at just 21 is still a player in the making.

Spurs could finally get their man this summer and should surely be in the race for Dembele’s signature.

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Tottenham should target Uruguayan hero Jose Gimenez

Despite recently signing a new long-term deal, the Atletico Madrid defender would be worth pursuing.

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In the first match of Friday’s World Cup action, Uruguayan centre-back Jose Gimenez headed home a late winner to hand his country their first opening-match win in the competition since 1970.

Only 23 years of age and already a mainstay in Atletico Madrid’s famously watertight defence, Gimenez would be an astute solution to Tottenham’s centre-half problem.

Toby Alderweireld has provided Spurs supporters with a gluttony of transfer headaches over the past months, and seems destined to be on his way out of White Hart Lane this summer.

Yet, even in the unlikely situation that the Belgian international remains in north London this summer, Alderweireld is 29 and does not present a long-term option at the back for Tottenham.

Gimenez would be a brilliant replacement for the wantaway Belgian, adding a physical presence at the back along with commanding heading skills and a knack for scoring crucial goals.

Although Gimenez signed a new, five-year contract at Atletico Madrid just last week, the allure of the Premier League could be enough to tempt him to Tottenham.

In addition, signing players fresh off long-term contracts is nothing new for Spurs – Dávinson Sanchez signed last summer just one year after agreeing to a five-year deal at Ajax.

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The Uruguayan has an impeccable international pedigree, having already amassed over 40 caps for his country while scoring six goals en route – the most recent coming in stunning circumstances against Egypt.

Gimenez made his debut at the 2014 World Cup at just 19, becoming the youngest debutant in Uruguay’s history.

His record at club level is also worthy of praise, as the centre-half featured in a remarkable 38 matches for Atletico in all competitions last campaign.

Twenty-three came in the league, as well as 11 in European action, illustrating Gimenez is a player who possesses top-class experience at the highest level of football at a tender age.

As Mauricio Pochettino is well-known for his excellent development of young talent, as shown by the progress Davinson Sanchez has made this year, Gimenez would be an ideal addition to the Tottenham squad.

An all South American centre-back pairing of the Colombian Sanchez and the Uruguayan Gimenez is an enticing proposition, all managed by the astute Argentine Pochettino.

Tottenham Hotspur would do well to acquire the services of Jose Gimenez after the World Cup, as the young centre-back could be an ideal long-term answer to Spurs’ defensive needs.

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