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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.

Max Cohen

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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.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Now valued at £31.3m, Tottenham could have got Cengiz Under for £11.7m

Tottenham tried to sign the Roma winger last summer, but he headed to Italy.

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It seems that AS Roma winger Cengiz Under is a wanted man this summer. Manchester City are reportedly keen on the player, after an excellent debut season in Serie A. As reported by Calciomercato the Turkish international has a fond admirer in the form of City boss Pep Guardiola.

That has since seen his market value make the headlines. It is reported by Hurriyet that Under is valued at €35 million (£31.3 million). That report also suggests Tottenham are keen on the player. It seems unlikely and rather interesting timing, considering it came just hours after an opinion piece in the British press about Tottenham revisiting their previous interest.

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Because Spurs were keen on the player last summer.

Ajanspor reported at one point that Tottenham were close to signing the player from Istanbul Basaksehir. However, he headed to Roma instead. The player himself spoke of why he decided on Italy over the UK.


“I was convinced after we heard Monchi’s plan. Monchi [Roma’s director of football] explained they were making big changes. He made it clear that he wanted me as a player for the first-team squad, not as a future prospect. He valued me as a footballer in my own right now, as a rising star with potential.”

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Under has since gone on to have a great season in the Italian capital and has clearly caught the eye of other clubs.

The fee he joined Roma for was a bargain. The Giallorossi snapped up Under for a fee of just £11.7 million.

Tottenham must no doubt regret not managing to secure a deal for the player last summer. He was at a bargain price and proved to be a successful recruit.

If Tottenham want him again in the future, they are looking at paying double what they might have 12 months ago.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Grealish wait, Pavard blow and new kits

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Grealish wait

Tottenham Hotspur are not likely to tie up a deal for Jack Grealish before Sunday, despite conflicting reports.

Spurs fly out on their US tour on Sunday and there has been some suggestions that Aston Villa want a deal done before then – with another tax bill looming.

But Football.London report that the two sides are still far apart on a fee and negotiations are unlikely to be done by the end of the week.

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Pavard blow

Tottenham have been linked with Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard this summer. The World Cup winner with France has been suggested as a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld – whose future looks away from North London.

However, a report in Germany suggests that Spurs may be too late. SWR is claiming that Pavard has agreed on a pre-contract arrangement with Bayern Munich over a move to the German giants next summer.

They suggest he will join Bayern for €35 million (£31.3m) next summer.

New kits mixed reaction

Tottenham have unveiled their new kits for the upcoming season. The new strips have received a mixed reaction online, with the away kit being poorly received.

The home strip features a fading blue pattern from the bottom, which makes it appear Tottenham’s players have rather long shorts on.

Both kits have been lampooned and praised in equal measure on Twitter.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely

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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.

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Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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