Spurs target open to moving before transfer deadline day

Antonio Rudiger

Tottenham ended their lengthy wait to sign a new striker on Friday evening.

It wasn't Arek Milik or someone like Andrea Belotti, neither were they spending a huge fee either. Well, they won't be yet. 

That's because Daniel Levy managed to negotiate a phenomenal deal in order to sign Carlos Vinicius from Benfica.

The forward has put pen to paper on a season-long loan deal but he could then become a permanent part of the furniture next season for a colossal fee of £40.83m

After a slow start on the transfer front, landing the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart, Spurs have done some excellent business.

They signed Matt Doherty for a bargain fee of £12m and then re-signed Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid.

Levy also brought Sergio Reguilon to the club as Spurs looked to bolster their defensive line.

Matt Doherty and Harry Winks

The only thing that has eluded Tottenham this summer is a centre-back.

Their plans to sign Milan Skriniar haven't materialised and he now looks set to stay at Inter. Unfortunately, Spurs also have an enquiry dismissed by Juventus for Merih Demiral.

Their final alternative, therefore, is Antonio Rudiger.

Spurs were linked with a move the German this week and with two other deals falling through, they are now set to take their pursuit of Rudiger to the next level.

And according to The Athletic, the £36m-rated defender wants to join Tottenham on loan.

That comes after being left out of Chelsea's squad to face Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime. 

Antonio Rudiger and Mikel Arteta

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

For Tottenham, it certainly wouldn't be disastrous if they added Rudiger to their ranks rather than Skriniar.

First of all, they'd be saving a bucket load of cash by bringing in the German on a temporary basis, while they may even be signing a more aggressive and solid defender, one that was described as "outstanding" a few years ago.

Let's evaluate how the two defenders fared in 2019/20, courtesy of FB Ref. 

Rudiger vs Skriniar comparison

In this chart, Rudiger represents the coloured portions, while Skriniar is the bold outline. As you can see, the former leads the way in terms of aerial duels, tackles, clearances and passes into the final third.

Now, if we're looking at what you need in a defender, three out of four of those stats are vitally important. 

That's not to say Skriniar isn't a good player through. His pass success is better and in terms of pressing and interceptions, the duo are pretty level. The Slovakian is also dribbled past on far fewer occasions than Rudiger.

Antonio Rudiger and Frank Lampard

That's a good trait to have, but at the end of the day, Spurs shouldn't be worrying too much about missing out on Skriniar.

Their form from last season dictates that Rudiger is actually the more complete centre-back. 

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