Tottenham Hotspur must fork out €100m to sign Real Madrid target Santiago Gimenez
Tottenham Hotspur are in need of a prolific striker following the departure of Harry Kane and one of the names in the fray is that of Feyenoord Rotterdam ace Santiago Gimenez.
The 22-year-old joined the Dutch outfit from Cruz Azul in 2022 and has since gone on to establish himself as one of Eredivisie’s most prolific goalscorers. In 57 appearances for the Dutch side, he has scored 38 goals and assisted six more across all competitions.
A solid dribbler and a reliable finisher, Gimenez is a handful inside the penalty area. He has the ability to get to the right place at the right time and this timing is something that comes instinctively to him. These are hallmarks of a prolific goal-getter, something Spursd lack at this moment in time.
Gimenez did not just lead Feyenoord to the league title last season but has also scored 15 goals and made three assists in 12 games across all competitions in 2023-24. There is little reason for the Dutch champions to sell their star man without a fight and it would appear that they are ready to dig their heels in.
Should Tottenham meet the asking price, it will comfortably dwarf Feyenoord’s record sale which stands at a comparatively paltry €25 million they received for selling Orkun Kokcu to Benfica and Luis Sinisteraa to Leeds United.
More so, it will also dwarf the €95m that Manchester United paid Ajax Amsterdam for Brazilian winger Antony in 2022. The price represents the record sale made by any Eredivisie club in history. However, given how Antony has struggled at Old Trafford, Tottenham will be wary and should realise that money does not necessarily solve all problems.
More so, Real Madrid are also on the lookout for a striker and are in the fray. But it remains to be seen if the Spaniards will pay the asking price for Gimenez or rather go all out for Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.
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Richarlison is far from prolific and cannot shoulder the goalscoring burden. While Gimenez appears to be a solid option on paper, the onus will be on Spurs’ recruitment team to ensure he has what it takes to succeed in the English game.
After all, we signed Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar in 2016 only for him to turn out to be a dud. Surely, we have learned our lessons about jumping the gun and landing players without doing our due diligence.