In Focus: Tottenham will have to pay £30m if they really want Alfie Mawson

According to Bleacher Report, Tottenham Hotspur have been told they must pay £30m if they want to sign Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Bleacher Report say that Spurs have identified the England Under-21 international as one of their top targets during the summer transfer window, with manaer Mauricio Pochettino looking to strengthen his defensive options.

The north London outfit have made an initial approach to discuss a £20m deal, according to the Bleacher Report, but Swansea are determined to hold out for £30m.

How did Mawson do last season?

The 23-year-old only joined the Swans from Barnsley last summer and he was an impressive performer in his first season in the Premier League, despite the fact that the Welsh club only just avoided relegation to the Championship.

The centre-back certainly made a huge impact from a defensive point of view as he made 166 clearances and won 78 aerial duels, but he was also a big threat at the other end of the pitch by scoring four goals in 27 Premier League appearances.

Mawson then went on to shine for England at the European Under-21 Championships earlier this summer.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

He certainly could be, yes.

With Kevin Wimmer struggling to make an impression following his move to White Hart Lane in 2015, Pochettino is looking for a centre-back to provide competition for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen if the club is playing four at the back, and a starter if he is playing a three-man defence.

Mawson has certainly shown that he has the potential to develop and go on to become a great defender, but there are doubts as to whether he would be happy to move without the guarantee of first team football – something he will continue to get at Swansea.

Will Spurs pay £30m?

They probably wouldn’t be willing to go up to £30m, and it would all depend on how tough Swansea are being on their stance of not wanting to sell the 23-year-old to see whether there is any negotiating to be done.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it could all depend on how much Tottenham want to sign Mawson as it seems as though Swansea won’t budge on their valuation considering they only signed the centre-back less than a year ago.