With Kyle Walker-Peters on loan at Southampton and Japhet Tanganga out injured, it is anybody’s guess who Jose Mourinho would turn to if he decides Serge Aurier needs a rest.
Therefore, it is unsurprising that the Lilywhites have been linked with several new right-backs ahead of the summer transfer window.
However, it would seem that Spurs will have to move quickly if they want to get one of their rumoured targets in this year.
Thomas Meunier, who Mourinho reportedly wanted to bring to North London, agreed on a move to Borussia Dortmund last week after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain ran out (L’Equipe via Sport Witness).
Now, it looks as if the Lilywhites could lose out on another one of their reported targets in Achraf Hakimi.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that Inter Milan are now in advanced talks to sign the Morocco international, who is currently impressing on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham were also said to be eyeing a move for the 21-year-old (Bladi.net) but Romano now suggests that the defender’s s move to the Nerazzurri is imminent.
He alleges that Hakimi wants to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer as he is not convinced he will be the first-choice right-back at Madrid.
The deal will reportedly be worth €40million (£36.4m) plus add ons and the pacey right-back will sign a five-year contract with Antonio Conte’s side.
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Hakimi would be perfect for the system we play under Jose Mourinho, which requires the right-back to play as a winger when we have the ball. However, it remains to be seen if Jose wants a more defensively competent option like Timothy Castagne as a contrast to Aurier. Regardless, I suspect that we are not in a position to pay £36.4m on a right-back based on what we are hearing about our financial troubles. We need to prioritise our targets very carefully in the summer. Hopefully, we will get into the Champions League and Jose’s transfer kitty will receive a boost.
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