Tottenham Hotspur are the favourites to land Corentin Tolisso, according to reports…
Italian outlet Calciomercato claim that the north London outfit are leading the race to sign the Bayern Munich midfielder after it was revealed he would not extend his current contract, which expires in the summer.
After five years in Germany, the 2018 World Cup winner is looking for a new challenge, with Atletico Madrid a potential suitor, whilst he had contact with Juventus last summer when Spurs’ new sporting director Fabio Paratici was still in charge.
Inter Milan and Roma are two other clubs who are interested, but they are put off by his €6m-per-year (£5m) wage demands.
Tolisso is currently valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, having cost around £35m in 2017, so being able to land him without owners ENIC paying a penny for his transfer is certainly an interesting prospect.
Paratici is known for completing some business in this manner after bringing the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Kingsley Coman to Turin for absolutely nothing, and the 27-year-old maestro could be the next on this list.
On the face of it, the need for a new man in the engine room appears to be the least of Nuno Santo’s concerns, but that’s not the case after the spotlight was put on the futures of Dele Alli and Harry Winks this week.
The latter is thought to want an exit in the January transfer window, so Tolisso could be the perfect upgrade.
Injuries have somewhat curtailed his progress over the last few years but it’s evident that there is a superstar beneath the problems. You can’t ignore someone who has not only won the biggest prize on the international stage but also multiple Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final, too.
Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Thiago, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Those are just five players on whom Tolisso is said to have modelled his game, four of whom have been a success in the Premier League, so that’s a sign of encouragement that he could quickly adapt to life in England.
“We hope that Coco will bring a lot of quality to our game. He’s very dangerous in front of the goal,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of Tolisso.
Indeed, the 27-cap Frenchman has found the net 41 times across his career, whilst also averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.5 shots and 0.9 key passes per game across 236 appearances for club and country, per WhoScored.
This goes to show his box-to-box nature and why he could certainly offer more than Winks, who has only averaged 1.1 tackles, 0.3 shots and 0.5 key passes per game across the course of his senior career in north London.
It’s time for Paratici to sanction a bargain swoop for Tolisso in 2022. He’d be the perfect upgrade to Winks, who could well be on his way out in the very near future.