Sport Italia journalist Rudy Galetti has revealed that Chelsea are set to speed up negotiations to sign Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss, who is also wanted by Tottenham.
Tottenham’s top target for the right wing-back role is thought to be Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence and it was reported two weeks ago that the North Londoners were expected to conclude a deal for the 21-year-old (Football Insider).
However, it emerged recently that there was still a gap between what Spurs were willing to pay for the England Under-21 international and what Boro were asking for (Tom Barclay).
According to Sky Sports (Transfer centre 24/06/22 at 10:38), Spurs have identified Clauss as one of the alternatives to Spence this summer.
The Frenchman has been one of the standout wing-backs in Ligue 1 over the last two campaigns and ended the 2021/22 campaign with five goals and 11 assists to his name (Transfermarkt).
Galetti has now taken to social media to reveal Chelsea also have their eyes on Clauss, and that Thomas Tuchel’s men want to accelerate their efforts to sign the 29-year-old in order to beat Spurs and Atletico Madrid to the player’s signature.
📌🔥 The #RCLens player – strongly desidered by #Tuchel – is followed also by #Tottenham (as alternative of main target Djed #Spence) and #Atleti: evolving situation. 🐓⚽️ #Transfers #THFC #CFC pic.twitter.com/h2Go5N8wRg
— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) June 24, 2022
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If Spurs have expressed an interest in the likes of Clauss and Wilfried Singo, it is likely only a negotiating tactic from Fabio Paratici to get Boro to lower their asking price for Spence. I believe that the 21-year-old will be a Tottenham player within the next few weeks.
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