Following the departure of Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham Hotspur are on a lookout for reinforcements for their backline. Jose Mourinho has apparently identified AS Monaco’s Guillermo Maripan as someone who could come in and successfully plug the hole left by the experienced centre-back.
So much so that it seemed like the Special One had already made the necessary advances to seal the deal sooner rather than later. Now, however, according to the latest reports from CDF, Steve Bruce has matched Mourinho’s efforts and is seriously interested in the Chilean defender.
Still, the same outlet states that the Ligue 1 outfit don’t want to sell their man for anything less than €20m (£18m) so Newcastle United will have to break the kitty if they really want to edge Spurs out in this race.
Maripan himself has already hinted that he would like to move to the Premier League and it does seem like he’s likely to leave France in the ongoing summer transfer window.
For a while, Spurs were indeed the favourites to acquire his services but now the Magpies have emerged as serious contenders. Of course, Bruce could certainly use an extra defender himself so this move does make sense for them as well.
As for Monaco, they want to get as much money as possible but are definitely open to selling some of their troopers due to an oversized squad and some financial issues in the club.
If Newcastle are really serious in their attempt to lock horns with Spurs, they will potentially have to up their offer just a little bit. Daniel Levy is very well known for not exactly being open to splashing the cash so maybe that is indeed an advantage Bruce has over his rivals.
Of course, the Magpies will have to roll up their sleeves to seal the deal either way but there is a chance they hijack the move in the end.