Spurs Transfers Talk: Trippier for Juventus, Liverpool rivalry and £47.7 million for Ceballos?
Tottenham Hotspurs are the first team in Premier League history that have failed to sign a single player in two transfer windows. With the upcoming summer transfer window, its time Daniel Levy allows Mauricio Pochettino to introduce some new faces to the team as they step into a new era.
Spurs are keen to sign 22-year-old midfielder Dani Ceballos this year, who has impressed Pochettino with his exciting performance in the European Championships. Real Madrid have signed five new players so far, so are likely to be letting some go to balance the books and Ceballos is one they seem happy to release at the right price. After Julen Lopetegui was fired, the Spaniard struggled for game time last season as he became secondary under Santiago Salari’s management. He is eager to play in top-flight football and showcase his ability, so is open to the prospect of signing to another European team.
Aside from Spurs, AC Milan and Arsenal have been showing interest in Ceballos. Milan are pressing hard for the midfielder and are prepared to pull out all the stops but his price tag is proving to be an issue for the Serie A club. Madrid are demanding €50 million for the youngster – a price Tottenham can afford and then some. Recent reports also say that Spurs are best placed to secure Ceballos in the summer transfer window but the Gunners are also willing to pay the Spanish giants asking price for the player. However, the Premier League might not be only thing tempting the Spaniard, and whilst both Spurs and Arsenal can offer Champions League football next season, Tottenham Hotspurs are doing better on the pitch than their North London rivals.
One Spurs player that has reached a crossroads in his career is Kieran Trippier. The right-back had a tough season this year and his poor form has put his future at Spurs in question. His finish this season also saw the England international star being axed from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the UEFA Nations League fixtures, even in spite of Spurs reaching the Champions League final in Madrid.
The interest Spurs have in buying Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon this transfer window spells bad news for Trippier. Reports suggest that Levy is willing to sell the right-back for £25 million to help fund Pochettino’s interest in new players, with Tanguy Ndombele, Andreas Skov Olsen and William Saliba all in talks to be signed. However, the 28-year-old has attracted interest from Juventus and Napoli and it is thought that the Serie A teams could go into a bidding war over Trippier, which plays right into the hands of Pochettino and Daniel Levy. Not only would they be making a huge profit after signing the player for £3.5m from Burnley in 2015 but should the Italian teams make higher offers, Spurs will see an increase in their summer transfer money pot.
To land Ndombele, Tottenham will have to pay Lyon £63 million this summer. The talented midfielder has already hailed Spurs as a “great team” and has shown interest in signing. Ndombele is also on the radar for other European football giants, such as Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but Pochettino is pressing for the deal and has allegedly already offered £60m.
Danish winger Andreas Skov Olsen, has also been monitored by Mauricio Pochettino. The youngster had an impressive run in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring nineteen Superligaen goals, three in the Europa League qualifying and three in the Superligaen Championships. He is rumoured to cost £15m and could be a great asset to the Tottenham squad.
Spurs face more competition with Arsenal, who are also eager to sign St. Etienne’s defender William Saliba. A deal has supposedly already been reached and personal terms have been agreed with Emery. But Emery is yet to propose a figure for the 18-year-old and rumours have sparked that The Gunners are unable to afford the hefty transfer fee. This gives Spurs opportunity to pursue Saliba, who’s £22m price tag comes at no major cost to them. The race begins for these North London rivals as Saliba, who has quickly established himself as highly regarded player, could be a great addition to either team.
Another player that might be coming to end of his run at Spurs is Christian Eriksen. Eriksen has spoken openly about wanting to try a new challenge, having played for Tottenham since 2013. Tottenham are reluctant to let him go, with recent reports stating a new four-year deal has been offered to Eriksen with a significantly higher pay rise but Manchester United and Juventus are also looking to sign the playmaker and he is keen to go elsewhere.
Real Madrid had their eyes set on the midfielder and things were almost official but after Spurs lost to Liverpool in the Champions League, the deal fell through and now it is United’s Paul Pogba on Madrid’s radar. It’s yet to be confirmed where the 27-year-old will go but Levy will have to drop the £130m valuation on Eriksen if he is to fulfil Pochettino’s requests to strengthen his squad.
Tottenham are also keen to secure West Brom youngster Rekeem Harper but face competition from rivals Liverpool, as well as Celtic and Juventus. The midfielder’s contract has expired at The Hawthorns and after his compelling performance in The Championships for the Baggies, the 19-year-old has become a wanted man. Though Harper is a free agent, his transfer would require a compensation fee be paid to West Brom due to his age.
However, the Baggies new manager Slaven Bilic reportedly wants to discuss a new deal with the youngster but with three top-flight clubs after his services, Harper could be tempted to leave the Championship league. Spurs is known for taking young Championship players and developing them into firing talents and the teen has plenty of potential. At the moment his future remains up in the air.
Spurs have not signed anyone since Lucas Moura in January 2018 but will no doubt be bringing in new faces for next season.