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Report: Spurs will have to smash transfer record for rumoured defensive target

Tottenham will have to smash their transfer record this summer if they wish to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City, according to a report by Goal.com.

The left back position is one of the areas that Spurs are said to be prioritising when the transfer window reopens with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to rebuild the defensive backline (The Express).

Danny Rose, who is currently on loan at Newcastle United has been backed to leave North London permanently at the end of the season (Football.London).

Chilwell, who has been one of the most consistent full-backs in the Premier League for the last couple of seasons, was said to be one of the names on Tottenham’s wish list last summer (The Times).

However, Goal.com reveal that the Foxes will demand a huge fee for Chilwell just as they did for Harry Maguire, whom they sold for a world-record £80million fee for a defender to Manchester United last summer (AS).

The asking price could put Spurs out of the running for the England international, who is reportedly also being pursued by Chelsea and has four years left to run on his contract at the King Power Stadium.

Tottenham’s current transfer fee record stands at the £55million they paid Lyon to bring Tanguy Ndomble to North London last summer (Guardian).

Spurs Web Opinion

There are many better left-back options out there in terms of value for money that Ben Chilwell. While the 23-year-old is no doubt a solid player, he can be defensively susceptible on occasions. I don’t believe he is worth anywhere near the reported price. So, I wouldn’t be too disappointed if he joins Chelsea.

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