In Focus: Pochettino builds for Spurs future with move for potential defensive star

As reported by The Guardian, Tottenham Hotspur are in advanced talks to sign Argentinian prospect Juan Foyth this summer.

What’s the story?

Spurs haven’t exactly been big spenders in the summer transfer window so far, especially when you compare their outlay to their immediate title rivals such as Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, Mauricio Pochettino is making the dip into the transfer market.

The Guardian say the club are in advanced talks to sign Estudiantes central defender Juan Foyth for £9m, which for a 19-year-old is a fair whack of money.

With the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan also seeking his signature though, there could still be a chance the deal falls through, according to the report.

Who is he?

Not much is known about the young centre-back, though The Guardian reckon Spurs have been interested in a while, opening talks as long ago as last month about the potential transfer.

He’s played just a handful of times for his current club Estudiantes, although he does have a number of caps for the Argentinian U20s side, making appearances at this year’s World Cup at that age level.

With the future of Kevin Wimmer in doubt, papers linking him with a move to West Bromwich Albion, then it seems Foyth could well be direct back-up to the defensive stars in Pochettino’s starting eleven. That would give him enough game time to develop as a Premier League star but also less pressure to come in a do a job immediately.