Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined the race for RB Leipzig Midfielder Naby Keita as the club plans for next season’s Champions League.
A host of clubs have been linked with the Bundesliga midfielder who has been performing exceptionally well for newly promoted RB Leipzig. The German club have been a surprise package in the Bundesliga this term and have taken the league by storm.
The 22-year old has scored 7 goals and has registered 8 assists this season and has sparked interest from all of Europe. He has helped Leipzig to reach 2nd place in the league, behind the gigantic Bayern Munich.
He was also hospitalised earlier this month when he collapsed after a game against Wolfsburg, but has since returned to action — scoring two goals in his comeback game at the weekend.
The central midfielder, who is regarded as a complete player, has played as a holding midfielder for RB Leipzig and can also play in an advanced role as well. He has also featured on the wings 6 times this season, and it increasingly looks like he is a really versatile player to have in the squad.
7 goals and 8 assists from 25 appearances only highlight his quality as a player and he would surely add some good quality to the already strong Tottenham midfield.
As Spurs take a crack at Champions League football yet again, Pochettino seems to be planning on some heavy recruitment in the summer to aid Tottenham’s performances next season. With the Northumberland Development Project expected to be completed before the summer of 2018, this might potentially be the final summer window where Tottenham can spend with freedom.
They would be restricted financially once they move to the new stadium as they may have to start clearing the debts incurred because of the stadium move.
Guinea international Keita only signed for Leipzig from Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg last summer. His contract runs until 2020 and hence would come at a reasonable price too.
It will be interesting to see how strong Tottenham hold their interest up as they are already well stocked in the central midfield department with Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and the young Harry Winks.
With Eric Dier looking comfortable as a central midfielder with every passing day, it really does raise the question if Tottenham need Naby Keita.
Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has confirmed that no approach has been made by Tottenham for highly-rated defender Nathan Ake, according to Sky Sports.
The Dutchman has been linked with Tottenham in recent times and Sky Sports has claimed that we’re closely scouting some defensive recruitments.
Ake has been impressive for Bournemouth this season after joining them from Chelsea in 2017 for a fee of £20m.
When asked about the transfer links, Eddie Howe said,
“I think that’s a compliment to Nathan and how he’s played since he signed for us permanently.”
“He’s been a model of consistency. He picked up all the player awards that he did at the end of last season and he’s carried that form into this [season].”
“[There has been] nothing from our side, where it comes from I don’t know. It’s inevitable [to be linked] when the team is doing well people will naturally highlight our players, potential players who can go on and play at a higher level.
In my opinion, this isn’t a huge blow for us. Ake has been terrific for Bournemouth but whether or not he is a player capable of playing for such a big club as ours is debatable.
Chelsea have sold numerous youngsters in the past and Ake is one of them but there is a reason they’ve sold him. With all due respect to Nathan Ake, we should sign a top-class, established defender to deal with departures if any.
If we are to challenge for top honours, we must look at players bigger than Nathan Ake in terms of quality and experience.
Tottenham interested in £44m January move for Barcelona starlet
Malcom joined Barcelona at the start of the season but has featured just twice for the Catalan giants. He has played 25 minutes for the Blaugrana this season, with the Brazilian being unable to break into a playing XI featuring the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho.
The winger had a sensational season in the Ligue 1 before moving to the La Liga, scoring 12 goals and providing 7 assists in 35 league appearances. He is surely a quality player whose potential is not being utilized in Spain.
Considering the quality in our squad and also the 21-year-old Barca winger’s talent, it could be a perfect match. Malcom would add some incredible depth to our squad and Pochettino must make a move in January.
Though £44m seems steep, it could be a gamble worth taking as the young star has all the tools required to take the Premier League by storm with more game time.
Whether or not Barcelona would let go of a player they signed just a few months back remains to be seen but this is a move we must make to bolster our attacking reinforcements in January.
After the quiet summer window, a statement signing in January would go a long way in conveying a message to our rivals.
[Video] This latest aerial video of Tottenham’s $1bn new stadium is absolutely wonderful
YouTuber Mr AV (h/t Football.London) has posted a new high-definition video of our club’s stunning new $1bn stadium. The footage provides us with a clear picture of how much work has been done in terms of the construction.
The video also showed the soon-to-be-opened club megastore and the Tottenham Museum. The aerial footage of the new stadium was wonderful as it also showed the overall structure of the stadium and the single-tier 17,500-seater south stand. The video also shows the area where the giant golden cockerel will sit above that stand.
It is not known as to when the stadium would be available for use but it looks like the construction is progressing at a reasonable rate.
It was indeed a disappointment when it was decided by the club hierarchy that we would be playing our home games at Wembley this season but that would all change when the stadium is unveiled officially. The construction has taken quite a bit of time and it will be an exciting phase when the work is completed.
The new stadium would surely serve as a boost to the entire club and it would wipe out any negativity surrounding Tottenham. The club too have been keeping us updated on the progress regarding the stadium and we’ll have to wait to see what the club say next regarding the completion of the stadium work.
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