Nuno Espirito Santo could make measures to solve one of Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest problems amid emerging reports…
According to Tuttosport, Spurs are among the clubs interested in Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral, and the Serie A outfit are prepared to sell him if their €35m (£30m) asking price is met.
The north Londoners face competition from Premier League rivals Everton, as well as Italian side Atalanta.
Nuno has a mighty task on his hands if he’s to clean up the mess at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He has inherited a squad which has underachieved in the past 18 months, resulting in their worst-placed league finish in over ten years.
Many of their issues boil down to their problems in defence. A combination of an abundance of individual errors and a lack of leadership resulted in Spurs conceding more goals than any of the other traditional ‘big six’ in 2020/21.
Some could argue that Jan Vertonghen was never replaced last summer, whilst the performances of regulars like Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez were way below par – especially the latter, who could be forced out before next month’s transfer deadline.
The Athletic believes that the club will listen to offers for the £42m flop, and his agent Nestor Villarreal remained coy on his client’s future in north London when speaking to Colombian outlet Gol Caracol.
Throughout the 2020/21 campaign, Sanchez was described as a “real liability” and was dubbed as part of the worst central defensive partnerships in the league, so clearly that’s the big issue that Nuno needs to remedy.
He could do just that by signing Demiral, who has been touted for some big things. The 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £26m, is said to be in similar stature to former Premier League beast Nemanja Vidic, a player on whom he has modelled his game.
“The Turkish international towers above most players, is physical, strong in the air and surprisingly technical with the ball for such a big man. He is a natural leader and cool under pressure,” claimed Turkish-football.com founder Emre Sarigul.
Demiral is the perfect combination of brute force, intelligence and deft touch, having averaged 2.8 aerial duels won, 4.2 clearances, 1.6 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and an 87.4% passing accuracy per game throughout his career to date, as per WhoScored.
Also lauded as an “absolute beast“, the 6 foot 3 titan would surely be a considerable upgrade on Sanchez and would arguably be one foot in the right direction in fixing Spurs’ long-standing defensive issues.
For £30m, it has to be done.
AND in other news, Spurs could swoop for £16m-rated “leader” who bullied Kane at Euro 2020…