Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly turned their attention to Monaco centre-back Guillermo Maripan in a bid to bolster their backline, according to a report in AS.

With Jan Vertonghen (Football Insider) and Juan Foyth (Mundo Deportivo) being touted to leave North London this summer, the club will need reinforcements at the heart of their defence.

AS claim that Jose Mourinho is now eyeing a deal for Maripan, who has had a solid season at Monaco since joining the club from Alaves last season.

The Chilean international who is commanding in the air and good on the ball has been up there with the best central defenders in Ligue 1 this season.

The report claims that Monaco were initially hoping to generate between €40 to €50million from the defender’s sale.

However, they are now said to be ready to settle for a fee in the region of €25-30 million due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is suggested that Maripan is Premier League-bound this summer with West Ham and Watford also pushing for his signature.

Spurs Web Opinion

Maripan has looked solid every time I have watched him play but the step up in quality is pretty steep from Ligue 1 to the Premier League especially for central defenders. He has only had a couple of good years (one for Alaves and one for Monaco) and so there will be an element of risk if we were to go for him.

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