Former Arsenal player claims signing would be ‘big gamble’ for Spurs

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Fabio Paratici
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Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has claimed that Tottenham would be taking a big gamble by signing Italian legend Leonardo Bonucci. 

Bolstering at centre-back is reportedly a priority for Spurs this summer, which is understandable off the back of the numerous unforced errors that we saw from the likes of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez last season. 

The likes of Jannik Vestergaard, Joachim Andersen and Nikola Milenkovic are all reportedly being eyed by the North London club.

Reports from Italy are now suggesting that Spurs could make a surprise move for the experienced Bonucci after the appointment of Fabio Paratici as the managing director of football operations.

Calcio Mercato and Tuttomercatoweb have both backed the North London club to pursue the 34-year-old in order to bolster their defence.

Campbell admitted that while Bonucci could help to organise the Spurs backline, he suggested that the Italian’s lack of pace and sharpness could prove costly.

When asked about Tottenham’s rumoured interest in the Juventus legend, the pundit told Football Insider: “Bonucci’s no spring chicken but he is someone who could come in and organise that defence which is needed at Spurs.

“He’s never played in the Premier League before and at the end of the day what you can get away with in Italy, you can’t in England.

“The football is a lot quicker and a lot more physical here and while he will be fine with the physicality I think he would struggle with the pace of the game.

“It will be an interesting one to keep an eye on. I think it would be a big signing but a big gamble.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

One only has to look at Thiago Silva’s impact at Chelsea to see what Bonucci could potentially offer us. A value of having a vocal leader at the back who can organise his teammates, cannot be underestimated.

However, Campbell is certainly right in saying that it would be a risky signing to make. Even if it works out, it will likely be a short-term fix for a year or two. I would rather see us targeting talented young defenders like Andersen or Milenkovic.

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