A new name has emerged in Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of a new creative influence…
According to Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna, the North London side have made contact with Bordeaux over a potential move for attacking midfielder Yacine Adli.
Back in May, AC Milan submitted a €12m (£10m) bid for the 21-year-old but the Ligue 1 outfit are seeking more money.
It’s thought that arch-rivals Arsenal, as well as French champions Lille, are also interested in signing Adli before this month’s transfer deadline, which is merely three weeks away.
It’s no wonder Fabio Paratici and Nuno Santo’s next priority following the arrival of Cristian Romero is adding some much-needed creativity to midfield as they relied too heavily on the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son last season.
Indeed, the lethal frontline duo topped the charts for goals, assists and key passes per game. Son and Kane scored 40 of their 68 league goals, whilst no other player still remaining at the club managed to create more than 0.9 key chances each outing, via WhoScored.
It was right-back Serge Aurier who ranked behind the pair. Not Giovani Lo Celso (0.8). Not Dele Alli (0.6). Not even Tanguy Ndombele (0.4).
You’d imagine a move for Adli would seriously hinder the prospects of one of the trio, perhaps the latter after a new bombshell was dropped on his future this week.
The Frenchman has not featured under Nuno throughout pre-season and, as revealed by The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, he’s not injured. It’s been a selection-related issue and as a result, he is now considering his future in North London.
Considering he cost a club-record £55m fee, Ndombele has been quite a disappointment. There have been glimpses of his gifted technical ability but it has been far and few between for someone so expensive and as such, it’s not a huge shock that he could be looking for a move away.
Adli would be an interesting successor.
He enjoyed a breakthrough year in Ligue 1 last term, recording two goals and five assists in 25 starts for Bordeaux, where he ranked first for creativity, averaging 1.5 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
That was ahead of ex-Newcastle maestro Hatem Ben Arfa and is a return that would’ve seen him rank second in the Spurs squad last season.
It’s no wonder Adli has been dubbed a “great talent” and compared as a “similar” type of player to former Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen by football scout Jacek Kulig, so if the North Londoners want someone to pull the strings in the no.10 role, then the 21-year-old is surely a very viable candidate.
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Robert Pires is a keen admirer too. “He’s a talented player. I know him,” he said, via Tribal Football. “He has very good quality, he’s very fast with the ball.”
Valued at €15m (£12m) by CIES Football Observatory, Adli could be a very cost-effective and low-risk successor to Ndombele, who has flattered to deceive throughout his Spurs career.
Paratici must look to sanction a move for the Bordeaux gem before the end of the month.