Tottenham will definitely sign a centre back this summer if Toby Alderweireld leaves, but which young defender should they go for?
According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham are looking to hijack Chelsea’s pursuit of Jamaal Lascelles, after cooling interest in Matthijs de Ligt.
Lascelles is a “key target” for the Blues according to the report, and could cost as much as £45m this summer.
Tottenham are eyeing up the Newcastle skipper as well though, as they search desperately for a replacement for Toby Alderweireld.
Alderweireld is of course still a Tottenham player, but with no signs of a new contract on the way, it seems only a matter of time before the big Belgian makes the move to Manchester United.
Lascelles would replace the leadership lost by the departure of Alderweireld, as the 24 year-old has been an absolute beast for the Magpies since Rafael Benitez handed him the armband.
Football London claimed today (16:06) that a move for de Ligt is now off, but the club may just be waiting to see if Alderweireld has a last second change of heart.
There could be many reasons for Spurs to halt their interest in the youngster, but it seems unlikely Pochettino would just end his interest in a player he rates so highly, so de Ligt is certainly still one to keep your eye on.
That said, the issue of Premier League experience is a big factor, and Lascelles has the edge in that regard. The former Nottingham Forest man is also more suited to the physicality of the league, and even at £45m would likely be cheaper than de Ligt.
So, Tottenham fans, do you think it’s a mistake to end the chase for de Ligt? Which young centre back would you rather sign? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…