With Harry Kane’s future up in the air, Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with an interesting potential replacement…
According to FC Inter News, Spurs have entered the race to sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay, who is expected to leave the Ligue 1 outfit this summer following the expiry of his contract.
It’s claimed that the 27-year-old seems destined for Barcelona but he is yet to reach an agreement with the Catalan giants, which has resulted in interest from the North Londoners, as well as Inter Milan.
Depay is thought to be asking for a €5m-per-year (£4.3m) contract for three seasons, with the option for a fourth year.
Spurs are going to be in for a long summer of speculation surrounding their leading talisman after Sky Sports revealed his desire to leave his boyhood club last month.
Both Manchester sides and Champions League winners Chelsea are thought to be now tracking the situation.
It’s thought that Daniel Levy could command in excess of £150m for the England international, so if he was sold, the Lilywhites wouldn’t be short on funds to find a viable successor.
However, that money could be spent in an even better way as the squad is in dire need of a drastic overhaul, particularly in defence, where individual mistakes and a lack of cohesion have been the root of their downfall.
Kane is pretty much the only irreplaceable player in this team but by bolstering other areas, whoever is in the dugout can make Spurs a competitive outfit once again.
Which is why Depay on a free transfer could make a ton of sense. It won’t cost Levy a penny in terms of a transfer fee, he’ll fill the gap left behind by Kane, and it’ll leave them with plenty of funds to bolster other areas.
After struggling at Manchester United as a winger, the 63-cap Dutch star has seen his career transformed in France by becoming an out-and-out centre-forward.
In this campaign alone, the £40.5m-rated dynamo has provided 22 goals and 12 assists across Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France, which merely builds on his total of 17 goal contributions during 2019/20, as per Transfermarkt.
Furthermore, Depay wears the armband for Lyon, even despite his contractual situation, so if anyone was concerned about losing the England captain, then the 27-year-old alleviates another problem, given his experience.
Once lauded a “special talent” by Marco van Basten, it appears that the Dutch international is finally living up to his potential and if Spurs do lose Kane, he could become an intriguing option in the English capital.