Tottenham are looking for a defensive midfielder and, according to reports in the Daily Mirror, they are targeting Sven Bender of Borussia Dortmund, following unsuccessful talks with Everton for James McCarthy.
Bender has been linked with Arsenal in the past, but he might want to move to Tottenham this summer after Dortmund's disastrous campaign last time around.
How much would Tottenham be paying?
Bender currently has a market value of around €13million, meaning Spurs would have to pay around that price to get the defensive-midfielder. In this respect he could be a good option as that's much cheaper than the £25m Everton would have wanted for McCarthy.
Bender isn't a top earner at Dortmund and Tottenham can be confident they would have the financial resources to sign the German midfielder without any problems.
Similar to McCarthy?
Bender is very defensive minded, which explains why he didn't score or make a single assist last season for Dortmund. The Germany international is popular for his very strong tackling ability and his interceptions, as well as his aerial presence.
In my opinion, McCarthy and Bender are two very similar players as they have the same playing style, consisting mostly of short passes and good tackling.
McCarthy is 24-years-old while Sven Bender turned 26 earlier this year, so he has got a bit more experience as a footballer, especially as he's always played for Bundesliga high-flyers Dortmund.
Obviously as a result Bender has never played in the Premier League, but the physicality of the English game probably won't phase him due to his playing style.
Advantages of signing Bender:
- Bender is a German international
- He has Champions League experience (25+ games with Dortmund in the Champions League)
- He's very defensive and would complete the Tottenham side
- Features in Dortmund's starting XI almost every game
Disadvantages of signing Bender:
- Has a tendency of getting booked
- Not very consistent
Good deal all around?
The move seems like it would suit both parties, as Dortmund would once again be getting a good amount of money for a player who was developed in their youth academy, while Tottenham would be getting an established defensive midfielder who would help them compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League.
Indeed it seems Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to sign a player to help protect his back four following the departures of Etienne Capoue to Watford, Benjamin Stambouli to PSG and Paulinho to Guangzhou Evergrande.
In this respect McCarthy seemed to be the perfect option for Spurs, but according to reports he is likely to remain at Goodison Park.
Along with Bender, there are rumours that Spurs are also interested in Christoph Kramer of Bayer Leverkusen. So far this particular speculation hasn't developed past a mere rumour, and nothing is certain, but he would also be a good signing as he is young and has good potential.
Spurs fans, do you think Pochettino will land a quality defensive midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window? Let us know in the comments box below.