By Danny Wright
Tottenham have entered the race to sign Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam, according to a report.
Calcio Mercato claims that the 26-year-old has no interest in renewing his contract with the Serie A giants, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.
Spurs will face a tug-of-war with AC Milan and Premier League title rivals Chelsea if they wish to sign the contract rebel.
He is believed to want a new £2.1million-a-year deal at the San Paolo, but has only been offered a contract worth £1.5million-a-year.
It is also understood that Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich are also looking to sign the 33-time Algeria international as a long-term replacement for Philipp Lahm.
A separate report from Calcio Mercato says that Napoli would sell Ghoulam for £12.6million and that AC Milan are set to start talks with the player’s representatives before making a bid.
The Rossoneri want to sign the left-back to step in for Mattia De Sciglio, who is a top transfer target for Juventus.
Ghoulam hasn’t started a league game for Napoli since March but still has 33 appearances across all competitions this season, supplying seven assists.
He has made a total of 131 appearances for the Serie A club since signing from St. Etienne in 2014.
Football Insider Verdict
It wouldn’t make a lot of sense for Tottenham to try and sign a new left-back with two high quality players already suited to the role in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. Spurs are blessed to have both Danny Rose and Ben Davies in their ranks, so splashing out a potential £12.6million for another left-back wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense. The North London club need to add strength in depth to the attacking areas of their squad as they lack a player who can make an impact off the bench. Ghoulam isn’t that player and they should let Chelsea, Milan and Bayern battle it out to sign him.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has laid down his side’s ambition ahead of Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.