Tottenham, Juventus to battle for VfB Stuttgart’s Nicolas Gonzalez
According to The Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur are set to battle it out with Juventus for the signing of VfB Stuttgart star Nicolas Gonzalez as the club looks to bolster the attack in the summer transfer window.
The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at Sportivo Escobar, Club Belen and Argentinos Juniors. He went on to make 44 appearances for the latter club, scoring 11 goals, before joining Stuttgart in the summer of 2018.
Gonzalez endured a difficult debut season in Germany as Stuttgart were relegated from the Bundesliga. However, the winger found his footing in the second division, helping them back to the top-flight. The 22-year-old was particularly impressive in the post-lockdown period, scoring eight goals in nine games.
Since returning to the Bundesliga, Gonzalez has carried on in the same vein of form. He has bagged five goals and two assists in 10 league matches. The 22-year-old has made five appearances for the Argentine national team and has scored two goals, both of them coming in his last two matches for La Albiceleste.
Gonzalez’s form with Stuttgart has seen him attract interest from a number of clubs including Tottenham and Juventus. Spurs have a loaded attacking department. However, it must be noted that Gareth Bale is only on loan while the likes of Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn have struggled for form.
So, bringing in another wide forward to bolster our ranks in the summer wouldn’t be the worst idea. And Gonzalez, given his form over the past year, could be a valuable addition for us. However, any chance of signing him will require Tottenham to beat Juventus, who are also keen on signing him.
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Stuttgart are likely to demand €30m in transfer fees for the Argentine international. It is claimed that preliminary talks have been held between the two parties although is nothing concrete as of yet.