Tottenham report: Highly-rated young defender could join for half his value

Tottenham Hotspur could land a talented young defender this summer in one of the transfer window bargains.

According football.london, Antonio Conte is looking for a left-handed centre-back with a quality similar to that of Cristian Romero on the other side. However, with an interest in the likes of Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni, RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol represents a cheaper option without losing quality.

The Croat has risen to become a starter for the Bundesliga team in both back three formations, which favors Conte, and back four. At 20 years old, he also has his entire career ahead of him.

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A recent report by the CIES Football Observatory that delved into the values ​​of the so-called wonder boys indicated that Gvardiol could well be worth up to £80m. This will be music to the ears of buyers across Europe, as Leipzig is asking for just £42m – almost half of that.

With Tottenham planning big moves this summer, that saving could be significant. The Lilywhites apparently plan to replace not only Ben Davies on the left of defence, but also Eric Dier, a longtime leader at the back, in the middle of the trio.

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As well as the defensive reinforcements Conte would like to make, the Italian is also rumored to be looking for more creative talent to ease some of the burden on Harry Kane, whom he has underlined he would like to play further down the line. .

Rumors of new full-backs also persist, with Tottenham missing out on the signing of Adama Traore in January. Matt Doherty is out injured for the rest of the season, leaving Emerson Royal as the most likely option on the right.

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Antonio Conte has spoken in recent weeks about the direction Tottenham need to take, stating that Steven Bergwijn needs to believe in himself a little more and stating how important it is to win the race for the top four.

The Spurs have also been linked with several youngsters. Hugo Ekitike is reportedly on the radar, as is Charles De Ketelaere.

A surprising report claims that the club are interested in Memphis Depay, while an Inter Milan star who has worked with Conte is also a reported target.

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