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Tottenham join Chelsea in race for 13-goal Senegalese star

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Villareal's Senegalese forward Nicolas Jackson gestures as he leaves the pitch.

Tottenham join Chelsea in race for Villarreal’s Nicolas Jackson

Tottenham Hotspur are apparently in the race with Chelsea to sign Villarreal star Nicolas Jackson.

The Blues’ transfer target apparently has a £34million release clause in his contract at the Ceramica, as per the Sun (h/t Fichajes). He is coming into the summer transfer window on the back of a brilliant season with the Yellow Submarine.

The 22-year-old Senegal international scored 13 goals and provided five assists in 38 games across competitions for Villarreal. These numbers tell us two things.

Villareal's Senegalese forward Nicolas Jackson reacts with Alberto Moreno during a game against Cadiz CF at La Ceramica.
Villareal’s Senegalese forward Nicolas Jackson reacts with Alberto Moreno during a game against Cadiz CF at La Ceramica. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

He knows where the back of the net is, and for a player who is just 22 years old, he has the mentality and physical maturity to be a regular starter for a top European team. Can Spurs use him?

Jackson to Spurs?

His aforementioned release clause isn’t an exorbitant amount. One can imagine that he would retain that value a few years down the line even if he has an average time in N17.

It doesn’t seem like a risky investment and would be the ideal profile to bolster our frontline. Jackson could perhaps understand that he won’t be a regular starter straight away if he joins a team like Chelsea or Spurs.

Nicolas Jackson of Villarreal CF is put under pressure by Santiago Bueno of Girona.
Nicolas Jackson of Villarreal CF is put under pressure by Santiago Bueno of Girona. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

But he can offer quality competition right now and be a successor to the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in the future. The situation at Chelsea can also be appealing for him, which will work against Tottenham.

The Blues would be on the lookout for a new No. 9. The experiment with Romelu Lukaku didn’t work and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a massive flop since his move from Barcelona.

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A move to Stamford Bridge could, hence, be equally, if not more appealing for Jackson, where he can play under Mauricio Pochettino – a manager famed for giving opportunities to youngsters and developing them into world-class players.

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