The Athletic’s David Ornstein has delved into Tottenham’s issues at right-back in this week’s Ask Ornstein podcast.
It is not surprising to see several right-backs being linked with a move to Spurs this summer, considering Serge Aurier could potentially follow Kyle Walker-Peters out of the door if reports are to be believed (Evening Standard).
Ornstein has now claimed that the North Londoners have been offered several right-backs so far this summer and have considered various options.
He hinted that Max Aarons could be one of those options but suggested that the Lilywhites are not too keen on signing any defenders that have been offered to them.
According to Ornstein’s sources, there is an experienced right-back whom Jose Mourinho likes but he is likely to be a temporary stop-gap rather than a permanent solution to Spurs’ issues at right-back.
He suggests that Daniel Levy might not be a fan of such a move and would prefer to sign a younger player with resale value.
Ornstein had this to say on his podcast: “Right-back is a position that Tottenham have been looking to strengthen for quite some time.
“We saw them lose the likes of Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, and more recently Kyle Walker-Peters without properly replacing them. This time, I think they will. To what extent, we’ll have to wait and see.
“They’ve been offered loads of options and considered loads of options. We’ve heard names like Max Aarons. Also, when Tottenham signed Ryan Sessegnon for the left side from Fulham, I think they considered his brother Steven Sessegnon for the right side too, but I don’t think those sorts of names are at the top of their list at the moment.
“I think Jose Mourinho will have a preference. From what I hear, there’s an experienced player he likes, maybe a bit of a stop-gap in what’s going to be a difficult transfer market. We don’t know whether that will be to Daniel Levy’s liking because he tends to go for younger players but I’m sure that one will be discussed. I don’t know who it is unfortunately but what I do think is yes, they will sign a right-back.”
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This ties in with previous reports which have suggested that Jose Mourinho really wanted Thomas Meunier before he ended up joining Borussia Dortmund. It has also been mentioned that Timothy Castagne is an option Daniel Levy likes and I suspect the same might be true of Max Aarons. In fact, most of the right-backs we have been linked with are younger than 25.
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