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Juventus enter race to sign 19-year-old Tottenham target

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Juventus have entered the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt next summer, according to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Sun).

The Dutch defender has been on a rise since last season and recently helped the national side to a 3-0 win over Germany. The report adds that Barcelona and Tottenham are interested in the youngster.

The 19-year-old has played seven league games for Ajax this season and has a goal and an assist to his name.

The report claims that Juventus have made contact with Ajax regarding the 19-year-old. Ajax are adamant that no player will leave the club in January, but the report adds that the defender visited the Italian club’s training complex last season.

De Ligt is valued at around £50million (h/t Sun) by Juventus, but a bidding war could ensue with a number of clubs interested in the 19-year-old.

The youngster wasn’t getting drawn into a discussion about his future and told FourFourTwo (h/t Sun):

“There are so many tabloids writing things. I haven’t heard anything, so I focus on Ajax.

“It’s nice to see your name linked with those kinds of clubs, but if I didn’t hear anything, it doesn’t matter.”

Tottenham have signed a number of players from Ajax in recent seasons, and De Ligt would be a great addition to our side.

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Spurs have one of the best defences in the Premier League, and the 19-year-old will only make us better at the back.

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Tottenham face competition from PSG for this 24-year-old Premier League defender

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Tottenham face additional competition for the signing of Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to the Daily Mail (h/t Express).

The United defender has been linked with a move to Spurs (h/t Express), however, the report claims that Paris Saint-Germain want to sign the 24-year-old.

The Ivorian hasn’t seen much playing time for United this season with only four starts to his name. His last game for the club was the 3-2 win over Newcastle United which came over a month ago.

The defender could be a quality addition to the side but Mauricio Pochettino has to work with Bailly to get the best out of him.

It has been a sapping time for the 24-year-old at United and the report adds that Spurs were tipped to sign the player having not signed anyone in the summer window.

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The report adds that the United chiefs are set to meet to discuss the Ivorian’s situation. It will be interesting to see if United are willing to let go of the player, especially to a Premier League rival.

Tottenham are five points behind Manchester City after 12 games and face Chelsea one we return to Premier League action in a week’s time.

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Pochettino has done a great job with the same set of players from last season, but we need to add some fresh faces to develop the team.

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Mauricio Pochettino pictured at Barcelona watching youth game during break

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was busy during the international break as he was pictured watching a Barca B game recently.

Our next game is against Chelsea after the break is over, but it seems Pochettino wanted to keep an eye out for future talents from the Catalan side.

A report from Sky Sports adds that the gaffer and his coaching staff, Toni Jimenez and Jesus Perez, would be travelling to Barcelona for a conference to represent the Catalan Football Federation.

The Argentine was quoted (h/t Sky Sports) saying:

“The Catalan Federation asked us to go there and talk with the Catalan coaches, and I think it is a great opportunity to share, and explain how the Premier League is and Tottenham.”

Spanish reports (h/t Sky Sports) claim Pochettino could have been at the game to scout some Barcelona players.

Sky Sports adds that Spurs were interested in Barca B star Riqui Puig, who did play in the match Pochettino saw.

The manager knows the Spanish league well from his time at Espanyol, and given the history between Barcelona and his former employers, it will be interesting to see if we do snap someone up from the Catalan giants.

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Spurs didn’t sign any players in the summer window and our winter activity could decide if we go on to win a trophy or not this season.

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“It is definitely possible” – Harry Kane believes he can break this record for England

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has Wayne Rooney’s record in sight as England prepare to face Croatia during the international break.

The former Manchester United striker played his last England game in our 3-0 win over the United States. Rooney ended his international career with 53 goals from 120 games.

Kane, for his part, has 19 goals for the Three Lions and was asked if he could break Rooney’s scoring record (h/t BT Sport).

“It is definitely possible.

“It is still a fair bit away, I don’t like to set my targets that far ahead in the future because a lot can happen.

“We will see over the years how many goals I have got. Hopefully I will still be fit and healthy and getting selected by the manager.

“It is achievable but not something I’m thinking about too much right now.”

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The clash against Croatia would be a repeat of the World Cup semi which England lost. A win over the Croatians would send England into the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League but the away side will come with a lot of confidence.

Croatia defeated Spain in their last game, and Gareth Southgate has to be wary of the threat from the away side.

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Kane will be one of the key players in this clash, and hopefully, he will score a few goals at Wembley.

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