In Focus: Tottenham face competition for Ricardo Pereira signing

According to reports in The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a move for £20m-rated FC Porto right-back as they look for a replacement for Manchester City-bound Kyle Walker, but they could face competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich for his signature.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the report suggests that City are confident that they will complete a £40m deal for Walker once he returns from international duty, and Pochettino has been searching for potential successors in the right-back role.

His first choice target is Pereira, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Nice from the Portuguese giants.

Porto would be willing to accept an offer of around £20m for the 23-year-old this summer, but PSG, Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are all also interested.

How well has he done at Nice?

He has been excellent.

He helped the French outfit record a fourth-place finish in the 2015/16 season before they went one stop better last term by finishing third behind champions Monaco and second-place Paris Saint-Germain.

The Portuguese right-back scored two goals and provided a further four assists in 30 appearances in all competitions, which included five outings in the Europa League.

Why is he a target for Pochettino?

While he clearly has a lot of quality, it is perhaps his versatility that will have impressed the Spurs manager most.

Pereira played right-midfield, right-back, right wing-back and even filled in at left-back for Nice last season and it means that he would be a perfect fit for the north London outfit.

The 23-year-old would be able to play right-back if Pochettino was to deploy a 4-2-3-1 formation, while he could also play right wing-back in the 3-4-2-1 system because of his ability to both defend and get forward.

What does it mean for Trippier?

It’s difficult to say.

The former Burnley man may have expected to be the first choice if Walker left considering he was given the nod ahead of the 27-year-old for the FA Cup semi-final tie against Chelsea and the final ever north London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane, but that could be in doubt if rumours are to be believed.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, the only issue Tottenham seem to have in their pursuit of Pereira is the competition they face for his signature, but a move to England and regular playing time could be too good to turn down.