Spurs should forget Martial and sign Douglas Costa instead

Juventus are reportedly eyeing a move for Anthony Martial, and Tottenham should absolutely use the opportunity to grab Douglas Costa.

What’s the word?

According to Calciomercato, Juventus and Manchester United will meet to discuss Martial in the next few days.

Martial has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford since news broke that he wants to leave the club this summer, and the Red Devils would prefer to sell him abroad for obvious reasons.

Spurs have of course been one of the front-runners to land Martial, with reports suggesting they are the closest English club to securing his signature.

Any deal to send Martial to North London would almost definitely send Toby Alderweireld the other way, which is why Spurs should change course and let him go to Juventus… then target the man he would replace.

While Costa is versatile enough to play anywhere across the attack, the arrival of Martial would certainly hamper his playing time, so he could look for a move away.

The Brazilian is 27, so would undoubtedly come cheaper than Martial, allowing Pochettino and Spurs to invest more heavily in other areas.

Lucas Moura 2.0?

You only need to look at the difference Costa made for Brazil on Friday to see what a valuable addition he would be for Tottenham.

The tricky winger transformed the Brazilian attack in the 2-0 win against Costa Rica after coming on as a half time substitute, and his ability to beat defenders one on one is unrivalled.

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The Brazilian averaged an incredible 3.6 dribbles per game last season, and completed five dribbles in just 45 minutes against Costa Rica.

His end product has skyrocketed since joining the Italian champions, grabbing 12 league assists last season, though that’s no surprise when he is averaging nearly two key passes and one successful cross per game.

Costa has dazzling skills, electric pace and a rocket of a left foot, and his ability to play multiple positions across the attack would allow Pochettino to switch things up and take some pressure of the likes to Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Fans might compare him to Lucas Moura as they are both small, pacey Brazilian wingers, but Costa is a far superior player.

Tottenham would have to either break the bank or give up Alderweireld to land Martial, so they should simply forget the Frenchman and target the man he could replace at Juventus.

So, Spurs fans, which winger would you rather have? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…