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Tottenham face stiff competition in signing Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo as they prepare a contingency plan in case they have to sell Danny Rose.

TalkSport reports that we are interested in the 22-year-old left-back, who is a former Barcelona academy graduate, and will have to battle against Napoli if we are to get the highly rated Spaniard. Grimaldo has been playing for the Portuguese giants this season but he is open to moving away in January with Spurs and Napoli looking at their left-back issues.

While Napoli’s number one left-back Faouzi Ghoulam is out for a long time with a serious knee injury, we have a different issue with Rose looking at greener pastures.

The report suggests that we could sign the defender for £25m, which would be a bargain in this day and age of football. However, we just have not seen enough of Grimaldo to confirm if he can be a success at Spurs.

An Attacking Full-back But Should We Get Him In January?

Grimaldo is known for his attacking ability and passing range, with him notching up 3 assists in the league this season. While Rose certainly knows how to get around the Premier League, Grimaldo would have to adjust quickly should we actually move for him in the winter window.

The Spaniard is only 22 and has a lot of time on his hands to get better, something he would achieve should he sign for us but it would make more sense for us to wait until the summer before we take any decision about Rose or Grimaldo.

We do need reinforcements in all positions – that is a certainty. With Rose not looking 100% certain for next season, we cannot start the season only with Ben Davies as our left-back option.

Competition for places is the only way we can get better and our players can get better, so spending £25m wouldn’t harm us in any way.

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Juan Foyth names former Manchester United star as his idol while growing up

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Juan Foyth celebrates with his Tottenham teammates

Juan Foyth scored the winner in Tottenham’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The youngster has been drafted into the Spurs first-team due to the injuries to Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.

Despite a lack of Premier League minutes, the Argentine did well against Wolverhampton Wanderers but he gave away a couple of penalties.

The youngster was much better in the game against the Eagles and recently claimed an ex-Premier League defender was his choice when playing with friends.

The 20-year-old was quoted by the Mirror as saying:

“My idol when I was young was Kaka, but playing with friends, I always played centre-back and I’d say, ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’. But I don’t know why.

“I was young, but I know he was an amazing centre-back. I’d play PlayStation and when I’d play with friends I’d say ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’, but I don’t remember the games.”

The former Leeds United and Manchester United defender was one of the best during his playing days, and the Englishman won almost everything there is in club football.

Foyth has had a great start to his Premier League career with Tottenham, but the youngster has a long way to go before he can emulate the former defender.

For now, the former Estudiantes player’s stock is on the rise, and playing in the Premier League certainly is a big deal for the 20-year-old.

“Since when I was a kid, my dream was playing in the Premier League, so I’m enjoying it.”

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Tottenham head into the international break with a spot firmly placed in the top four. Our next game is a huge clash against Chelsea at Wembley, and it will be interesting to see who plays in our defence on 24 November.

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Tottenham set to receive transfer blow as Juventus steals a march for 19-year-old rising star

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Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

Tottenham face a huge task in signing Matthijs de Ligt as Juventus want Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, to discuss a possible transfer with the club director Fabio Paratici, according to Calciomercato (h/t Football.london).

De Ligt is one of the highest rated players current in Ajax and has been linked with Tottenham, as per the report.

Manchester City and Barcelona are also interested in the 19-year-old. The Italian report adds that De Ligt has accepted an invitation from the Serie A giants to visit the club too.

Barcelona are willing to battle for the 19-year-old and even €50million would not be enough to prise the rising star away from Ajax (h/t Calciomercato).

Tottenham could count on their relationship with Ajax regarding players signed in recent years. Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen all joined Spurs from the Dutch giants, while Toby Alderweireld is a former Ajax player too.

Of course, it would be difficult to get into a bidding war with the two European giants. However, playing under one of the brightest managers in football could have its own benefits for a player like De Ligt.

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Juan Foyth and Sanchez have gotten better under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Hopefully, this factor and playing in possibly the toughest league in the world can sway De Ligt’s transfer to our direction.

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“It is strange that Daniel asked for details like this” – Mauricio Pochettino surprised about his inputs for new stadium

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Daniel Levy asked the Argentine about some design elements as our new stadium is being constructed.

Spurs expected to play at the new ground in September, however, the stadium has been hit by many delays and we are unsure when it will be ready for use.

Pochettino has seen Spurs start the Premier League season well and we are five points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games.

The Argentine was quoted by the Mirror about Levy asking him for some inputs related to the stadium:

“It is strange that Daniel asked for some details like this because he is the architect and he loves this kind of thing.

“But yes, he asked, because we are the professionals and afterwards we are going to be using those different things at the stadium.”

Daniel Levy

Daniel Levy

Spurs were recently given clearance to play at Wembley till the end of the current campaign, should the stadium not be ready before the 2019-20 season, as per the Mirror.

We played all our home games at Wembley last season, and the new stadium certainly is taking much longer than expected to be completed.

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Tottenham will have one of the best grounds in football once our new home is ready. Hopefully, Pochettino can lead us to a few titles once the venue is open.

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