By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have reached an agreement to sign Argentine rising star Juan Foyth before the transfer deadline, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their transfer centre blog (Monday, 1pm) that the centre-back, 19, will move to White Hart Lane from his current club Estudiantes.
This comes after a report by Argentine outlet El Dia that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been key to swinging the deal in his club’s favour and fighting off interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
In up to seven telephone calls with the player, Pochettino made it clear how highly he thought of youngster and the role he envisages for him at White Hart Lane.
It is said that the Spurs boss told the teenager “he loved him, that he had been watching him for some time, that he had the best references”.
The manager stopped short of guaranteeing Foyth a place in the title challengers’ team but promised he will be given opportunities to shine.
It appears that Foyth will become the third south American to sign this summer for Spurs, following new club-record signing Davinson Sanchez and goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
Football Insider verdict:
Given that PSG also wanted Foyth, Spurs have done well to push this deal over the line. Pochettino appears to have been the decisive factor, with his knowledge of south American football and impressive track record of developing young talent. Foyth is clearly one for the future but, crucially, Pochettino knows his game inside out and is a massive fan. Hailing from the same country, Foyth has represented Argentina at Under-20 level and is touted in his homeland as a rising star, with his passing and comfort on the ball two qualities that have really stood out during Spurs’ scouting missions. It might be some time before Spurs fans see the best of him, but Foyth could be a gem of a signing.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a south American hailed as the next Gerard Pique is to jet in and undergo a Spurs medical after a big-money fee was agreed.