According to a report from Football Insider, Tottenham Hotspur are set to bow out of the race for Nathan Ake’s signature, despite the defender being a long-term target for the club.
The report reveals that Ake is likely to leave the Vitality Stadium if Bournemouth fail to secure their Premier League survival.
Eddie Howe’s side face a massive fight if they are to avoid the drop, as they currently find themselves sitting in 18th place, level on points with both Aston Villa and West Ham.
Football Insider reveal that Tottenham’s scouts have watched the centre-half on several occasions and have delivered rave reports.
The North Londoners reportedly view Ake as the ideal replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who is expected to leave Spurs this summer.
However, the Cherries are reportedly demanding £40million for the 25-year-old’s signature this summer, even if they get relegated, which has caused Spurs to abandon their pursuit.
The report goes on to assert that the Lilywhites initially wanted to sign two central defenders this summer but will now be willing to settle for just one after Eric Dier’s successful redeployment.
Spurs Web Opinion
I suspect Nathan Ake is the man we would have gone for as Vertonghen’s replacement had the COVID-19 pandemic not put us in a difficult financial position. The Dutchman would be a perfect fit for the lopsided back three/back four that Jose employs, as he can cover at both centre-back and left-back.
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