Tottenham failed to sign Abdou Diallo before completing Clement Lenglet loan
The French champions were looking for £25 million for the Senegalese, which was deemed too much by the Spurs hierarchy. And after missing out on the 26-year-old, the North London club turned their attention to Barcelona’s French centre-back.
Antonio Conte has been public about the need for reinforcements in the squad and Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici have worked towards bringing in new players this summer.
The club spent a lot of money to sign Richarlison from Everton. A versatile forward who can play anywhere in the attack, fans will feel the most critical aspect of the Brazilian’s singing is his ability to play in the centre-forward role.
Harry Kane has carried the squad for years without an adequate striker to back him up. With Richarlison, we finally have a player in the squad capable of playing up front in the central position.
There have been other signings with the arrival of Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma. Lenglet has also been signed on loan and there will be hope for him to make a difference.
Tottenham right to pull out
Since his arrival in the dugout, the Italian has preferred Ben Davies in the left centre-back role. The Welshman started the majority of games under Conte in that position. Cristian Romero and Eric Dier were the other players trusted by the Italian.
Diallo was rewarded with a move to PSG in 2019 after impressing in the Bundesliga. But the 26-year-old hasn’t been involved much for the French champions in his three years. The Senegalese has made 75 appearances but hasn’t managed to break into the first team of the Ligue 1 club.
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Tottenham were right to pull out of a deal that would involve a considerable sum for Diallo. Fans will hope the Lenglet deal turns out to be fruitful. The centre-back situation can then be re-evaluated again after this season.