Nuno Espirito Santo is considering two options for Jules Kounde’s Tottenham transfer.
When it comes to signing a center-back this summer, Tottenham may have to look at other options.
According to reports, Jules Kounde’s proposed transfer to Tottenham is in jeopardy because of transfer prices and a lack of European qualifying. Nuno Espirito Santo and Fabio Paratici, the club’s director of football, are said to be looking at two realistic alternatives who may be attracted to north London ahead of next season.
Kounde now has a £68 million buyout clause with Sevilla, which is significantly greater than what Spurs would like to pay for him.
According to The Athletic, the Spanish club would be open to proposals below that amount, but they would have to outperform Manchester City’s failed £50 million deal last summer.
This will be depressing news for Nuno and Paratici, who are said to be in a position where they will need to sell players before making big transfer commitments in the coming weeks.
To make matters more harder, Kounde is said to prefer a team that can guarantee him Champions League football next season.
Spurs can’t afford to let the highly-rated Frenchman strut his stuff on the grandest stage after their poor seventh-place finish last season.
As a result, the Spurs-Kunde deal appears to be drifting into “unworkable” zone.
Spurs management, acutely aware of the issue, has identified two options.
Milan Skriniar is thought to be their most ambitious target, with the club following the Inter centre-back ‘for some time’ and even tried to arrange a deal last summer.
The club’s value at the time caused them to back out of the agreement, albeit Inter may be in a better (or, indeed, worse) financial position this time around.
Inter know they have to sell before they can purchase, with the need to raise funds through player sales a factor in Antonio Conte’s decision to leave the Serie A winners.
The sale of Achraf Hakimi to PSG will have put a dent in their current deficit, but they would almost certainly be open to more transactions.
In the event that a deal for Skriniar fails, Southampton’s commanding defender Jannik Vestergaard has been identified as a ‘Plan C’ at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Dane would be a. “Brinkwire Summary News” with only one year left on his Saints contract.