Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that the club will undergo a painful rebuild in the summer (Evening Standard), which indicates that there will likely be a lot of in-comings and outgoings.
Toby Alderweireld is among the players who have been linked with a move away from the club, with the 30-year-old’s contract having a £25million buyout clause this window (The Mirror).
Spurs were linked with several replacements including Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt but the Daily Star reported last month that Tottenham admitted defeat in their pursuit on the 19-year-old as they felt he was going to join one of the European powerhouses like Bayern Munich and Juventus.
The Dutchman, who scored Ajax’s opener in the second leg of the semifinal, has become one of the hottest properties in European football.
Now, Ajax CEO Edwin Van der Sar has given some insight into where the defender’s future might lie.
Speaking to Sky Italia, the former Manchester United goalkeeper said, “I think these will be De Ligt’s final games with Ajax. But I hope he goes out on a high.
“He’s been here since he was a child and will end up at a big club. I think he’ll go to England or Spain.”
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While De Ligt is clearly talented, his performances in the two legs of the semifinals proved that he still has a lot to work on, as he found it difficult to cope with the presence of Fernando Llorente.
De Ligt will no doubt be a great signing but his price is likely to be inflated this summer due to Ajax’s amazing run in the Champions League.
If Spurs are looking for a central defender, they can probably find better value elsewhere.
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