According to The Daily Express, Tottenham are weighing up a £50m move for Michael Keane this summer as Mauricio Pochettino looks to refresh his back-line ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The Spurs boss appears to be on the hunt for a quality centre-half to add to his already healthy contingent of defenders and he has reportedly set his eyes on the Toffees star. Having spent £42 million to acquire the services of Davinson Sanchez in 2017, the White Hart Lane outfit could be set to blow that club-record fee out of the water with a swoop for 26-year-old Keane.
The north Londoners are surely planning for life without soon-to-be-out-of-contract Toby Alderweireld but they will have to contend with rivals Arsenal, who are also keen to revamp their defence, for Keane’s signature.
Football FanCast take a look at a handful of potential consequences which could arise if Tottenham pip the Gunners to Keane’s signature this summer…
If Spurs break the bank to sign a centre-back then it won’t bode well for Juan Foyth. The young Argentine has been impressive in spells but certainly has an error in him and has yet to fully adjust to the Premier League since signing for Spurs in August 2017.
If Pochettino still sees Jan Vertonghen as a player who can be a regular starter for another few years then Foyth will remain at least fourth choice if Spurs pull off a move for Keane.
The Everton man has been excellent under Marco Silva and if Spurs are willing to spend £50m in order to bring him south then that should concern Foyth, who will surely be hoping to step into Alderweireld’s boots in the near future.
Former Southampton man Alderweireld has been immense for Spurs since signing in 2015 and has gone on to become one of their most important players.
But the situation over his future is no great secret, being available for £25million after Tottenham triggered a clause by executing a twelve month contract extension in December.
The interest in Keane suggests Spurs have succumbed to the fact Alderweireld will move on this summer and that they’re already planning for life without him. The England international is no doubt a talented centre-half, but the Belgium international is one of the best in the world.
Spurs’ greatest strength in terms of defence lies in its’ ability to play out from the back with ease, especially from the heart of the backline, and that’s a vital asset to the way Pochettino’s side play.
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Both Alderweireld and Vertonghen are excellent at doing so and are well capable of producing those glorious, cross-field balls to the likes of Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son. Keane is competent on the ball – he certainly isn’t a liability – but he’s just not on the same level.
What the 6 ft 3 defender lacks in technical ability he does make up for elsewhere but if he is to succeed under Pochettino, then he will have to do some serious work on his passing.