Opinion: Five signings that would improve Spurs for £20 million or less

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Daniel Levy

With money hard to come by in these COVID times, we wanted to take a look at the five signings Spurs could make in the summer for just £20m or less.

Sven Botman

Sven Botman, currently at Lille, is 21-years-old, and was at Ajax before moving to Ligue 1 in the summer.

He is tall, very tall, at 1.95m. He is therefore excellent in the air but also assured on the ball and excellent in the tackle: a prototype of a modern defender.

He has been ever-present for Lille in Ligue 1 this season, a team who are currently sitting first in the table.

Lille have come across financial issues due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, they may have to sell their players.

This means that he could be available for cut-price. Liverpool have been rumoured with the young defender (Fabrizio Romano), so Spurs will have to be quick if they want to snap him up.

Angel Di Maria

GFFN reported in the last week that Tottenham have held talks over Angel Di Maria, with his contract expiring in June.

This deal makes sense. Although 32-years-old, the attacking midfielder still represents great quality. Spurs lack another goal source when you go beyond Kane and Son. Di Maria could, without doubt, be that.

He would bring experience, a winning mentality and a big name that would certainly sell shirts. A lot of clubs could be in for the Argentinian in the summer.

Micheal Olise 

With Dele Alli’s exit looking likely, Spurs do have a void of a true playmaker.

Micheal Olise, currently playing for Reading in their promotion push, is impressing with his performances. He has 12 goals and assists so far this campaign (WhoScored).

The 19-year-old is incredibly versatile, possesses great skill, and has a great eye for the killer pass. The Athletic have reported that he has an £8 million release clause.

Definitely seems like a risk worth taking.

Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay’s contract expires in June.

He’s quick, a powerful dribbler, and clever in the final third.

Barcelona are said to be long-term admirers of the player, so Spurs would face big competition if they were to enter the race. However, Depay could add some real quality alongside Kane and Son in the final third for Spurs.

This is ambitious, but one Spurs should look into.

Eder Militao

Eder Militao, a Brazilian international, is another centre-back that has been linked with a move to North London.

“He is one of the players Tottenham are interested in. But at the moment, I am told that there is nothing advanced,” Fabrizio Romano told the ‘Last Word on Spurs’ podcast.

Real Madrid forked out £43 million to lure the defender away from FC Porto in June 2019.

So, is it unlikely that Spurs could bargain £20 million for the defender. Although, he is desperately out of the picture: sitting behind Ramos, Varane, and Fernandez in the pecking order.

So, maybe a loan as a short-fix is sensible. It would certainly suit both parties, and the defender represents serious quality — especially at only 23-years-old.

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