Tottenham’s summer purchase is clearly not over as club are trying to make an attempt at signing St Etienne defender William Saliba, who has been a target for Arsenal. The Gunners were looking to complete a £27 million deal for the 18-year-old defender last week, but there has been a snag in the talks. Such a deal would have seen Saliba loaned a straight back to the French Ligue 1 outfit.
Saliba came to prominence for St Etienne last season and he featured in 16 games for the club. Despite being only 18, the defender manages to have a lot of presence at the back. After having had enormous success with the purchase of young players over the years, Spurs are looking to repeat the trick once again with this 18-year-old, according to Sky Sports.
Tottenham also need a new centre back since Toby Alderweireld is likely to leave the club before the end of this window. Roma have shown interest in signing the player for £25 million, which happens to be his release clause for the next two weeks. Since the Belgian international only has a year left on his contract, Spurs would actually prefer to sell him rather than lose him for free next summer.
If Saliba turns up at North London, he may not become a regular first-team player straight away. Instead, there may be a significant buffer time between his ability to take his talent and becoming a first-team regular.
Aside from the potential departure of Alderweireld, Spurs may also have to be cautious about the presence of Kieran Trippier in the new campaign. The 28-year-old defender has attracted attention from Bayern Munich, who have been very active in the market but without being successful in their pursuit. The German club want to bring in a right back who can deputise Joshua Kimmich.
Trippier is available on the market and the clubs like Juventus and Atletico Madrid have also been showing interest. Just after the Champions League final, the likelihood of a move to Napoli opened up but this interest has failed to progress into a concrete offer. As a result, Trippier has had to be part of the pre-season preparation with Spurs, who will be touring Asia by playing games against the likes of Inter Milan amongst other clubs.
Meanwhile, Serge Aurier has also been placed on the market by Mauricio Pochettino. It is expected that if some of these defensive options do leave Tottenham, the club may be forced to make a concrete offer for Marseille right back Hiroki Sakai, who has been on the club’s radar for quite a while. The Japanese international is 29 years of age and this can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks towards a deal, as Spurs’ Daniel Levy is not a believer of being a transfer fee for a player who will be 30.
Spurs have always identified young signings who have resell potential. Tanguy Ndombele became the headline make up for Spurs after joining the club for a club record fee of €60 million.