The ongoing transfer window is a crucial time for Tottenham Hotspur but we are yet to make a new signing. However, as per a report from Portuguese news outlet Record, we could be inching closer to a move for Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo.
A sum in the region of €30million is understood to be on the table and it will be interesting to see if we succeed in bringing him to North London.
Since we already have two quality options for the left-back position in the form of Danny Rose and Ben Davies, Record has also claimed that the possibility of the deal depends on Rose.
It is unclear as to whether or not the Englishman wants to continue with Tottenham beyond the end of the season. He struggled for game time last term due to injuries. Also, with Davies’ exceptional form, it has been tough for Rose to make room for himself in the matchday squad.
If he leaves Tottenham this summer, a move for Grimaldo would make sense for us. After all, the 22-year-old is one of the most promising defenders in European football and having impressed in the Portuguese top-flight, Grimaldo could work wonders in the Premier League as well.
Given Mauricio Pochettino’s penchant for developing young stars, the potential deal could prove to be advantageous for all parties involved.
It goes without saying that losing an experienced player like Rose will be a major blow but Grimaldo would be a great replacement.
“The tackle was nice, eh?” – Mauricio Pochettino hails Eric Dier’s incredible tackle on Sergio Ramos
The Lilywhites have been brilliant under the manager since he took over from Southampton. We are now regulars for a top-four spot and lie a couple of points behind the Premier League leaders after eight games.
Pochettino was quoted by the Guardian as saying:
“The tackle was nice, eh?
“He touched the ball. In England, that’s never a foul. In Europe, it’s different. But to be brave like this – look, Dier is a holding midfielder and he was pressing Sergio Ramos in the penalty area.
“That is the mentality that, from day one at Spurs, we have tried to translate to the players. I feel proud about that. It’s a fantastic attitude, one that we always need to keep pushing.”
Dier did get booked for that challenge in Seville but it set the tone for the rest of the game. The manager also spoke about the significance of moments such as the one from Dier.
“The signal that you send to your opponents is important.
“To say: ‘We are not scared of you. We come here and we want to beat you.’
“We can play good or bad but always it’s about the attitude. With different attitudes, sure, the game would be completely different and have different results. With only talent you cannot beat any team. But talent with attitude is everything.”
Tottenham have made a decent start in the league and hopefully, we will be able to carry the same form for the rest of the season.
We have lost both our games in the Champions League so far, and face a couple of crucial ties against PSV Eindhoven next.
“I had friends that chose a criminal life” – Tottenham star opens up about how football saved him
The former Paris Saint-Germain star has found his feet in England, after a tough six months last season, and claimed a number of his friends went down the “bad way.”
Moura was speaking to the Evening Standard and was quoted saying:
“It was very difficult when I was young because there are problems with violence, gangs, guns, drugs – a criminal life.
“I had friends that choose a criminal life. Some of them are in prison and some of them are dead. They chose the bad way.
“I played a lot of football in the street. My dream was to become a footballer – that’s why I didn’t go to the bad way. I always believed I could realise my dream and give another life to my family.”
Moura added that his parents sent him down the right path and that he always wanted to be a footballer and nothing else.
The Brazilian’s form this season saw him earn a recall to the national side. Moura has three goals from eight Premier League games and has been one of the more consistent players for Tottenham.
The 26-year-old was used sparingly by Mauricio Pochettino after joining us in January but believes he can get better.
“The first five months was to adapt to the new life, the new championship, the new coach, a new country, a new club.
“Now I’ve done a pre-season with the team and I understand what the coach expects from me. Here the game is so dynamic, the intensity is so high. I hope I’m a little far from my best. I’m playing well but can do better.”
The Brazilian hasn’t hit the levels that he did during his first few years with PSG but working with Pochettino should help him reach his potential.
The season is only a few games in and hopefully, we will see the best of Moura in the coming months.
Arsenal leading race to sign £50m-rated Tottenham target
The Turkish youngster joined the Italian side in 2017 and has been one of the most impressive players for the team.
The report claims that the Gunners are leading Tottenham and Bayern Munich for the 21-year-old’s signature. Under has a couple of goals and three assists from eight games this season and played for the Turkish national side during the international break.
Although Tottenham didn’t bring in new faces in the summer, we can’t rule out transfers in the winter window.
Almost every team will be looking to add quality in the winter window and we should be no different. It will be interesting to see if we continue keeping tabs on the Turkish international as the season progresses.
Tottenham could do with someone of Under’s quality in the team, as he seems ready for Premier League football.
The 21-year-old could get even better under the watchful eye of Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine is one of the best managers in the world, and his record of getting the best out of youngsters could help us land some quality players in January.
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