Gazzetta dello Sport report AC Milan could discuss a move for Japhet Tanganga with the player’s agents today, although a meeting is not yet scheduled. They added that ‘the phones can ring at any moment’ (19/07/22 – via Sport Witness).
Meanwhile, Corriere dello Sport have reported that Tanganga is expected to join AC Milan on loan with an option to buy after initial talks with Tottenham. Spurs apparently gave ‘positive feedback’ when discussing a potential move (19/07/22 – via Sport Witness).
AC reportedly want to ‘reach a definitive understanding’ with Tanganga’s representatives, who are ‘expected in Milan’ ‘between today and tomorrow’, so they can return to talks with Tottenham in a stronger position.
MilanNews reported earlier this week that talks between Tottenham and AC Milan for Japhet Tanganga were accelerating.
The Serie A champions were looking to speed up a loan with an option to buy deal that would see Tanganga spend at least a season at the San Siro. The Spurs academy product was reportedly open to the transfer and this willingness could see a deal closed soon.
Tanganga was utilised as a right-centre-back by Spurs boss Antonio Conte during his side’s pre-season trip to South Korea last week (Football.London).
Appearances against Team K-League and Sevilla saw the 23-year-old return to action after a knee injury sustained in February saw him miss the remainder of the 2021/22 Premier League season (Transfermarkt).
Prior to this, Tanganga was struggling to force himself into Conte’s thoughts, with the Italian relying mostly on a back-three of Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, and Ben Davies. Thus, the London-born defender finished the season having only made 11 Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt).
A lack of game time has seen the player linked with moves to AFC Bournemouth and AC Milan in recent weeks (Daily Mail).
Spurs Web Opinion
I think Spurs should tread very carefully when negotiating this move for Tanganga. Including an option to buy could come back to haunt the Lilywhites.
Look at Fikayo Tomori’s move last summer, Milan held the cards over the player’s future after he had performed phenomenally and proven his worth.
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