Spurs go shopping in Serie A

Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a number of Serie A stars, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

Spurs are reportedly looking to Italy as they bid to replace defender Toby Alderweireld, while also monitoring a pair of midfield players.

What’s the word?

Alderweireld, of course, has a £25million release clause in his contract that could be triggered this summer.

Spurs, per the aforementioned report, want to sign Joachim Andersen from Sampdoria.

Any deal for the centre-back would cost €25m (£21.6m), though he has reportedly told the Italian club that he wants to stay for at least another season.

Andersen, a Denmark Under-21 international, has made 31 Serie A appearances this season.

However, Tuttomercatoweb also claim that Lazio defender Luiz Felipe is a cheaper target for Spurs.

Felipe, a 22-year-old who has also made 31 Serie A appearances in 2018-19, would cost around €20m (£17.3m) and has reportedly been scouted a number of times.

Franck Kessie, the AC Milan midfielder, is also a potential target for Spurs, while Ivan Perisic is again named as a possible arrival, with a €35m (£30.3m) figure touted. Arsenal are also said to be interested in the World Cup finalist.

Bargain basement

Spurs are scouring the bargain bin here.

Andersen is a promising defender but Felipe cannot get into Lazio’s team consistently and each are unproven in the Premier League.

It appears inevitable that Alderweireld will leave the club this summer, with Spurs recouping £25m.

The fact of the matter is that if they wish to replace him properly, they will have to pay out perhaps double what they will receive.

Shopping in Serie A is the wrong thing to do, with Kessie and Perisic also unlikely to fill many holes in the squad.

The former is perhaps too similar to Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier to have a proper effect, while the latter is an ageing winger who is nowhere near the level of Son Heung-Min.

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