£25m-rated international defender emerges at top of Tottenham summer wishlist - report
By Danny Wright
Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo has emerged at the top of Tottenham’s summer wishlist as their pursuit of a first summer signing continues, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Juventus also have the 23-year-old in their sights and are prepared to splash £25million in order to see him move to Italy.
However it is understood that Spurs are now “serious rivals” to the Serie A champions and the London side have been monitoring Cancelo since he turned out for Portugal in the Under-21 European Championships in June.
The report adds that Mauricio Pochettino is determined to sign up the four-times Portugal international defender as he faces the prospect of being without a first-team right-back for the Premier League opener against Newcastle this weekend.
Kyle Walker left for Manchester City in a £50million deal while Kieran Trippier is also a doubt for the trip to St. James’ Park through injury.
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That means that Kyle Walker-Peters is the only natural right-back in Pochettino’s squad while Eric Dier can also do a job there.
Cancelo, formerly of Benfica, is also able to play on the right wing and featured 38 times across all competition for Valencia last season, scoring one goal and supplying four assists in the process.
Football Insider Verdict
Spurs really need to crack on and push through a deal before they face Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. Mauricio Pochettino can’t afford to see his men get off to a bad start and they could be really vulnerable at right-back without Trippier. Cancelo looks like a great prospect and typifies the type of player that Tottenham should be looking to sign. He’s young, has a promising future and is great at attacking down the wing and providing support to the attacking players. Cancelo is basically the Portuguese version of Walker, only younger and not as expensive. The only problem Spurs face is Juventus. The appeal of joining a team that is favourites to win the title could be too much for the London club and they may have to look elsewhere. However if Tottenham really want to be one of England’s biggest and best clubs, they need to start showing their muscle in the transfer market and beating teams like Juve to signings.