Tottenham transfers: Tomiyasu deal progressing but no Champions League likely to impede Kounde move

By Charlie Eccleshare, The Athletic

With the Euros finishing on Sunday, transfer negotiations are intensifying across the continent.

At Tottenham, the immediate priority is strengthening a defence that was so often the team’s Achilles’ heel last season. As reported by The Athletic on Wednesday, Takehiro Tomiyasu is the closest transfer to completion — with Spurs and Bologna finalising a deal that is believed to be around £15 million plus add-ons.

Tomiyasu can play as both a right-back and central defender, normally in a back three, and impressed in Serie A last season with his speed, two-footedness and defensive intelligence. Norwich right-back Max Aarons, a long-time target, has also been mentioned as a possible option, though Tomiyasu’s expected arrival makes that less of a priority.

In addition, Spurs want to sign at least one other central defender this summer. The extremely highly-rated Jules Kounde is one of their main targets and Sevilla are open to letting the player go at the right price.

They need to balance the books after being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and would consider selling at less than Kounde’s €80 million (£68.2 million) buyout clause, though it would likely require more than the €60 million (£51.2 million) bid Manchester City failed with last summer. Kounde himself is ready for a new challenge but he wants to play in the Champions League, which would rule out Tottenham.

Milan Skriniar is an alternative centre-back target, and someone who Spurs have admired for some time. Spurs’ technical performance director Steve Hitchen flew out to Milan for talks last summer, but the prospective fee was too high. Inter’s badly-hit finances may make them more open to a sale this time around, and there is a will on the Tottenham side to get the deal done.

Alternative targets include Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard. At 28 and with only one year left on his contract, he would be considerably cheaper than Skriniar and certainly Kounde, but Spurs’ managing director of football Fabio Paratici will try to get other deals done first. Reports in Germany have also linked Tottenham with Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix but this is not believed to be at an advanced stage.

As well as incomings, Spurs are hoping to sell a number of their defenders (the club’s finances mean they are almost in a position where they must sell before they can buy). For the second summer running, Serge Aurier is available. Paris Saint-Germain have been linked but it’s understood that such a move is a non-starter because of the off-field controversies that marred his first spell with the club.

Tottenham would also listen to offers for Davinson Sanchez and Cameron Carter-Vickers, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth. Toby Alderweireld meanwhile, as revealed by The Athletichas told the Spurs hierarchy he wants to leave this summer.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris only has one year left on his contract and will discuss his future with the club when he returns from holiday for pre-season. A return to France is unlikely so if he were to move at the end of his current deal, a club in Italy would be more realistic.

Spurs are better stocked in midfield, which is less of a priority area. One name that has been mentioned as a possible target is Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini but any signing would mean meeting the player’s €30 million (£25.6 million) buyout clause.

As for outgoings, Moussa Sissoko is available while Harry Winks will find out what his role will be under the new regime in the next week or so. Oliver Skipp, on loan at Norwich last season, is expected to stay at Spurs — even though Daniel Farke would love to have him at Carrow Road for another year.

Further forward, Spurs have plenty of options in the positions behind the striker. They’re so well stocked, in fact, that Erik Lamela is available for transfer, while they would consider offers for Lucas Moura. Jack Clarke has interest domestically and abroad but would prefer to stay and fight for a place in the first team. As it stands, Steven Bergwijn is wanted at the club and will stay put.

With Carlos Vinicius returning to Benfica, though, the position of back-up to or partner for Harry Kane (if Nuno Espirito Santo goes with two up front and Son Heung-min plays out wide) still needs to be filled. Vinicius will not be coming back, and so Spurs’ attention is elsewhere.

Danny Ings is one of their main targets but, despite only having one year left on his contract, Southampton do not want to sell and he would not come cheap. Southampton would want more than £25 million as they recognise his importance to them staying in the Premier League, and they would be unable to find a replacement of his quality for less than that.

Whether Spurs will be willing to meet that valuation remains to be seen, given that they had less than that in mind last year when weighing up a move for Ings, whose value was far higher at the time. It’s also unclear if Ings would rather join Spurs now or wait until he’s a free agent next summer when he will have more options.

Tottenham’s priorities would of course change completely if Kane were to leave. The latest on that, as reported by The Athletic on Wednesday, is that Daniel Levy remains insistent that his star player is not for sale. Manchester City, though, are expected to push hard before the transfer window closes next month.

With so many deals to try and complete, a number of fringe players to attempt to move on, and a huge battle on their hands over Kane, it promises to be an extremely busy few weeks for Spurs.

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Oh no, not Nuno!
Admin
1 month ago

Hands up who likes the away shirt. Anyone?

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 month ago

Er NO lets hope after its first appearance its bined never to darken our doors again. Though the down with the kids fans its aimed at probarly think its the best kit ever.To me its even worse than the tyre track shirt from hummel a few years ago

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Stop it…it’s unique!

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago

Yurp!
With black shirts and shorts.
Classy.
Gonna get me one!

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago
Reply to  Bruxie

I’ll bet nutster will get one!

61 Spurs Nunut
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Nutster would only get one to burn it in protest.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago
Reply to  61 Spurs Nunut

Bah…humbug!

61 Spurs Nunut
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Bruxie

It’s like burnt humbugs.

Paleo
Paleo
1 month ago

Couldn’t watch the 2nd half,had to go ice lolly hunting for the missus, there’s a god damn lolly shortage

Oh no, not Nuno!
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Paleo

It’s all because there’s a shortage lolly drivers, since you know what..

Chauveljn
1 month ago

The China virus?

Or has Lewis Hamilton forced all the delivery drivers off the road? 🏁

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago
Reply to  Paleo

Not enough lolly to go around

Chauveljn
1 month ago
Reply to  Paleo

Make your own. When I were a lad, mum would freeze orange juice in lolly shaped plastic moulds in’t freezer compartment of t’fridge.

Chauveljn
1 month ago

If Ant looks in, the space station is directly overhead in exactly 10 minutes time. 11:38pm travelling NW to SE. Five minute journey across our skies.

Last edited 1 month ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
1 month ago

Just watched the Space Station drift serenely overhead….

Followed by what appeared to be another one on exactly the same course and speed. And a third behind that, about a minute between each. All silent. No flashing lights, just the sun’s light reflecting on them.

What on earth is going on?

Aliens!! 😅

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Its Klopps team!!!

Chauveljn
1 month ago

Looked promising going forward. Great that Nuno sees the defensive problems.

“Fabio, buy, buy, buy! Yes, all of the centre backs you’ve spoken to…”

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago

WE need Dick Van Dyke

Chauveljn
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronwol196061

Or Mary Poppins.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Scarlett is poppins

Chauveljn
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronwol196061

Yes, he looks like he’s got the goal touch.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 month ago

Any one else not have a smart phone /not trust the app reqd by the club to operate their season tgickedt..

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Diabolical shit app from a multimillion pound conglomerate who loves their fans

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

Lots to be positive about in midfield and attack. Defence looked shambolic but we have to assume included no one from Nunos EPL first 11. 🤞

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt

CCV did vry well in the first and I wouldnt call it shambolic in general

Chauveljn
1 month ago
Reply to  Ronwol196061

That guy Hannan looked very decent on right wing for the C’s.

Chauveljn
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt

Defence is crying out for a new beast. Watching the ball bounce over Dier’s head and then the striker cut inside him was painful viewing.

Last edited 1 month ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
1 month ago

So, what has happened to left back Dennis Cirkin who was on the bench a few times last season? MiA?

And giant striker Kion Etete, six foot seven, who was brought with great hopes from Notts County for a fee of £200,000?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 month ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Etete played for the U-23s yesterday. Don’t know about Cirkin.

Chauveljn
1 month ago

Cheers. Cirkin, wherefore art thou?

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago

Bergwjin,Moura with great pace in the first,Son too and Skipp excellent,CCV not bad in first
Nile started well ,Scarlett sharp,but generally the second we were bogged down. Clarke did nothing.Harvey White did ok, bbut we couldnt push them enough. Still nice comfortable win

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago

Not as fluid second half ,passing should be crisper

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago

Winks is Gone I think, Skipp owns NDombeles CM spot

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 month ago

Malachi Fagan-Walcott? Did Charles Dickens make this sub?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 month ago

Unleash the yoots!

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago

Nile John,Scarlett and Skipp all gonna be there for sure

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 month ago

That Scarlett has a little sumpin’ sumpin’ doesn’t he?

Flat Oeuf
Admin
1 month ago

Looks great.

Flat Oeuf
Admin
1 month ago

Nile John looks good and great finish by Scarlett, but offside.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago

Nile John and Scarlett both playing some in second

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 month ago

Certain segments of the fans were blasting the team Saturday for failing to beat fodder like Leyton Orient. I’m sure they’ll also dismiss today’s first half as it’s ‘only Colchester.’

Chauveljn
1 month ago

Later I’ll go and look to see why this game won’t count for a damn with the Advanced Soccer Scholars (or ASS’).

Chauveljn
1 month ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

It’s all quiet on the Western Front. No blog penned by Hatespur tonight. Funny that, after an encouraging display first hour. It’s almost as if he only reports….. 🤔

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

Chauve I’m on Apple so safari

cavey
cavey
1 month ago

Cheers Ant.

Chauveljn
1 month ago

Thanks SA, that works. Why can’t I get the game via the official site?

Spurs Web services are pretty naff.

Plus I saw a few seconds of Alli then a message said Opera isn’t supported ( they say this in their FAQ) because of the built in ad blocker, and I lost the stream.

Last edited 1 month ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
1 month ago

Yes, but on the page with the picture of Nuno and the play arrow, it just hangs. Whereas the link you’ve put up instantly played.

Weird shit.

Chauveljn
1 month ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

The streaming page is https://spurstv.tottenhamhotspur.com/

You gave me the full path which it refused to link to.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
1 month ago
Reply to  cavey

No worries caves , tried a few others including spurs tv , This is the only one working for me 👍