According to The Times, Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring a number of defenders as they prepare to replace Toby Alderweireld in this summer’s transfer window.
Alderweireld has been linked with a move away from Spurs since the middle of last season, and the Belgium international is expected to move on.
It is being reported that Spurs have three potential replacements in mind, with Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt and Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard all under consideration.
Mina and De Ligt would of course be direct replacements for Alderweireld, but Pavard is more versatile as he can play as either a centre-back or at right-back, as he showed for France at the World Cup.
The Tottenham fans have been reacting to the speculation on social media, and it would be fair to say that Mina proved pretty popular.
The Barcelona centre-back is expected to leave Camp Nou this summer, and demonstrated at the 2018 World Cup that he could be developing into a very good central defender.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Spurs supporters can be seen below:
Buy them all!!!
— Wacko Mercenary (@strevens84) July 18, 2018
Any of the 3 would be great .. but unless we go back 3 again they must accept being third fiddle
— Adam Brooks (@EssexPR) July 18, 2018
Keeping Toby would be the ideal scenario, yet the writing is on the wall that he may leave. Any of these three would do. Pavard as RCB, Mina as MCB, & de Light in the middle or out to the right. A back three is needed to get the best out of Tripps, as @AlasdairGold wrote.
— Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) July 18, 2018
These three would definitely do. Mina would probably the more expensive one in my honest opinion.
— Jordan Bolds 🌍 (@J_BoldsyEra67) July 18, 2018
Idk about Mina, De Ligt would be unreal tho
— MenacingMoura (@MenacingMoura) July 18, 2018
Give me Mina right now!
— zman11215 (@spurdawg1) July 18, 2018
like look of Mina….
Big physical presence
— Martin Dolan (@Martindolan101) July 18, 2018
Would take any of the 3, Mina the one I would want least but he is a beast
— Tom 🏴 (@WaIkerPeters) July 18, 2018