Tottenham: £16.7m deal 'would be quite significant' at Hotspur Way

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga could prove to be a ‘quite significant’ departure if he leaves Hotspur Way for AC Milan, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

Clement Lenglet’s season-long loan move from Barcelona has sent the Spurs academy product further down the pecking order, leading to a possibility that he could move onto pastures new.

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What’s the latest news involving Tanganga?

According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, Tanganga has ‘promised himself’ to AC Milan and set his sights on securing a switch to the San Siro amid uncertainty over his Tottenham future.

The report suggests Spurs are seeking £16.7million for the two-cap England under-21 international, but the Italian giants would prefer to seal a loan with the option of making the move permanent.

It is understood that the north Londoners will only entertain sanctioning a temporary transfer if the agreement included an obligation to buy, while Tanganga’s entourage are in constant contact with the reigning Serie A champions.

Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici flew out to Milan to hold discussions over Tanganga earlier this month.

The 23-year-old has made 43 Spurs appearances, having come through the ranks, but a knee injury means he has not featured in a competitive fixture since January.

What has Tom Barclay said about Tanganga?

Barclay believes that Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte is facing a big decision over Tanganga as sanctioning his exit would have an impact on the club’s homegrown quota.

However, the journalist feels a move to Serie A could pay off for the defender and the structure of the deal could allow Spurs to benefit further down the line.

Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “The thing with Tanganga is he’s a homegrown player, so losing him would be quite significant because you’ve obviously got to fill those quotas both for the Premier League and the Champions League.

“If he’s not going to get some regular game-time, then maybe going out on loan or permanently with a buyback clause wouldn’t be a bad idea.

“But Spurs have got so many games coming up that you do feel like, even if he’s not first choice, he will get games this season.

“I’m not really sure on that one and I don’t know if that’s cut and dried.”

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Would a move to Italy be good for Tanganga’s career?

Tanganga may still have three years remaining on his £25,000-per-week contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and is highly rated by Conte, but joining AC Milan could be a career-defining move.

Swapping the Premier League for Serie A has paid off for fellow centre-backs Chris Smalling and Fikayo Tomori in recent years.

Smalling has made close to 100 appearances for Roma and won the inaugural Europa Conference League under former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho last season.

Tomori, meanwhile, clinched the Serie A title with AC Milan during the 2021/22 campaign and has worked his way back into the England squad, so jetting into Italy could benefit Tanganga’s career.

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