With a major clear out rumoured to be underway at White Hart Lane this summer, Daniel Levy is looking to bring in replacements that fit more naturally with Mauricio Pochettino’s desired style of football.
The club are attempting to utilise more of a ‘quality, not quantity’ type of approach in an effort to avoid another influx of players destined for the bench.
Two summers ago, as Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid, Tottenham brought in seven individuals with the money earned from his sale in an effort to replace the world’s most expensive player. Those included Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela.
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Unfortunately, the majority have failed to live up to their promise and now find themselves on the peripheries of a somewhat bloated squad, struggling for game time, with several reportedly being offered for transfer.
Spurs have apparently taken a step towards to remedy that situation by submitting a bid for AS Monaco winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. Reports indicate that they have offered the Ligue 1 club just short of £10million for the Belgian, who is of Spanish and Portuguese descent.
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The 21-year-old has recently become a full international; earning three caps for his senior team, and announced himself to English fans last season during Monaco’s victory over Arsenal at the round-of-16 stage of the Champion’s League.
Giving a demonstration of his considerable talents, he scored the third goal of a 3-1 away victory in the first-leg, having replaced Dimitar Berbatov in the second half, running clear of the Arsenal defence before producing a cool, slotted finish across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
His performance in knocking their arch-rivals out of the Champions League will have endeared him to Spurs fans, and now it looks like he might be on his way to White Hart Lane to bask in the glow of that appreciation in person.
Considering the player’s impact in the French league for Monaco last season, with six goals and 10 assists; allied to his youth and prospective talent, £9.9m might seem somewhat of a derisory offer, and talkSPORT are reporting that Spurs have been told a bid or around £18m will be required in order to secure the player.
His form has seen him manage to break into a Belgium team overflowing with a ‘golden generation’ of attacking stars at the age of just 21, and if Spurs do bring him in, they will be getting a player who has shown that he can perform in both domestic and top level European football.
It is true that one Champions League goal does not a Premier League star make; Spurs fans only have to look to their own recent transfer strategy to find examples of players who have been bought ostensibly on the strength of a European performance but failed thereafter to replicate it.
Ferreira Carrasco shouldn’t instantly be tarred with the same brush, however. An explosive, physical winger who likes to dribble and brings a level of technical quality that have seen comparisons drawn with Cristiano Ronaldo, he would fit seamlessly into Mauricio Pochettino’s high energy, youthful revolution.
It looks like Levy will have to shell out considerably for the player, but as someone who will improve the team upon arrival and represent a considerable opportunity for profit should his development continue at White Hart Lane, it may well be an investment worth making.
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