Tottenham eyeing move for defensive beast

Marash Kumbulla

Could Tottenham be on the verge of actually spending some money? Surely not.

Daniel Levy has gone about his business in swift and shrewd fashion this summer but he’s not really splashed the cash.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty arrived for a combined fee of £27m while Joe Hart was merely a free transfer.

There is little wrong with the acquisitions they’ve made. Hojbjerg is a consistent performer while Doherty is one of the most entertaining full-backs in the Premier League.

The fact he contributed to ten goals last term tells you all you need to know on that front. 

Whether Levy finally digs out a big sum of money remains to be seen, but he’ll have to spend almost as much on his latest target as he has on Spurs’ three new summer arrivals.

Tottenham have been looking at signing Milan Skriniar this summer but it’s another defender in Italy that’s now catching their eye. 

Daniel Levy

That’s according to the print version of Corriere di Verona on Wednesday.

They report that Spurs have a ‘strong interest’ in Albanian central defender Marash Kumbulla.

The 20-year-old currently plays for Hellas Verona in Serie A and enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2019/20. 

It looks as though the north Londoners are set to steal him away from Inter Milan who looked like they had a deal as good as done to sign Kumbulla.

Gianluca Di Marzio claimed last month that the defender had agreed to join Inter in a deal worth €30m (£26.6m). 

However, it looks as though that move is now off the table. 


GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

Kumbulla has just a single season of senior experience so a move for the young defender could be somewhat of a gamble by Spurs.

At over £26m, it’s also a lot of money for the club to spend on someone that’s relatively unproven, especially when they’re facing losses of £200m this summer. 

The young centre-back was ‘one of the discoveries‘ of last season, winning 2.6 aerial duels per game and also completing two interceptions an outing. His passing is a joy to behold, registering a success rate of 84.9% last term.

His reading of the game is exceptional but Spurs have a similar player already in their squad – Juan Foyth. 

Kumbulla and Dybla

Linked with a move to Leeds, they’d be better off keeping the Argentine than spending a vast sum elsewhere.

In 2019/20, the defender had a pass success rate of 86.4% while his career aerial duel average stands at 1.6 headers a match. That’s slightly down on Kumbulla but in terms of playing out from the back, there are lots of comparisons.

Spurs need to weigh up who is the better option here.

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