Tottenham Hotspur are looking to bolster their defence this summer and will sign one or two centre-backs, according to Sky Sports Italia journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Tottenham are gonna sign one or two centre backs: Jules Koundé is ‘highly appreciated’ – he’s expected to leave for less than €80m clause. Also Andersen in the list. #THFC
Nuno Espirito Santo: contacts ongoing, Paratici wanted him at Juve… but it’s not done yet. @DiMarzio
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 25, 2021
Sevilla star Jules Kounde and Lyon’s Joachim Andersen are two of the names on their radar.
The Frenchman is highly appreciated by Spurs, and while he has a release clause of €80 million, the Spanish side are expected to listen to offers below their asking price.
Kounde is establishing himself as one of the best defenders on the planet, and while he is primarily centre-back, he can also play at right-back, playing in the position for France against Portugal on Thursday at Euro 2020.
Tottenham could do with such a quality and versatile defender, and the 22-year-old could be keen on moving to the Premier League.
He featured in 45 games across all competitions for Sevilla last term, scoring four goals and assisting once.
Despite his age, it can be argued that he is an upgrade on the options Spurs currently have at centre-back and possibly at right-back.
The North Londoners are not the only side keen, and giants all over the continent are expected to come calling after the European Championships.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League or Europe League could deal a blow on Tottenham’s chances, though, and their lack of a manager could also hinder major talks.
It remains to be seen exactly how much Sevilla want, but they are not likely to go very below Kounde’s release clause in their current valuation.
Spurs are not particularly big spenders when it comes to defenders, and whether chairman Daniel Levy would be willing to splash the cash on the youngster is up for debate.