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Ibrahim Sangare: Spurs’ next Mousa Dembele-like tank?

Tottenham Hotspur could find a new midfield monster in Ibrahim Sangare…

What’s the word?

According to Darren Lewis of the Mirror, the north London outfit are among the Premier League teams interested in the PSV Eindhoven star heading into the summer transfer window.

Chelsea and Manchester United are also linked with interest by the report, which also claimed that the Ivory Coast international is valued at around £30m.

Dembele-like tank

The 6 foot 3 powerhouse has made a name for himself in the Eredivisie, impressing with his calm composure on the ball and impressive ball-winning skills.

As per WhoScored, Sangare averaged a whopping 3.3 tackles and 2.5 interceptions per game in the Dutch top-flight, the most of his team by quite some margin, whilst he also registered a passing accuracy of 86.1% from over 70 attempts each outing.

He’s also capable of driving the ball forward from the engine room, averaging 1.7 dribbles and 1.5 shots per match, too.

Should Spurs swoop for Sangare this summer?

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Such performances highlight his ability as a Mousa Dembele-like beast in the heart of the pitch. It’s true that Spurs have solid options with the likes of Oliver Skipp, Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg all impressing under Antonio Conte.

But none compare to Sangare.

Dembele was very much a ball-winning animal, one that was hard to dispossess as he carried the ball up the pitch, and this is exactly what the Ivorian would offer Tottenham.

By comparison, as an example, Hojbjerg averages 2.2 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game in the Premier League.

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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Okay, we'll start with an easy one... How much did Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg cost last summer?

Sangare has been likened to two Premier League greats in terms of playing style by African journalist Alpha Balde to Goal.com, where he claimed:

“Physically, he’s like Yaya Toure but he reminds me of Michael Essien.

“I saw Essien at the start of his career and they had the same physical strength at an equal age. Sangare is also passionate, and I think that Toulouse supporters will enjoy his fighting spirit and desire to move forward.”

Also lauded as “very complete” and capable of playing a variety of midfield roles, it would make sense for Spurs to secure an upgrade if it became available and in Sangare, Conte could well find the next Dembele.

AND in other news, Fabrizio Romano issues Spurs transfer update

Article title: Ibrahim Sangare: Spurs’ next Mousa Dembele-like tank?

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