COMMENT by Russell Edge
Fans of Tottenham Hotspur have every right to be worried about their defensive future at the moment.
Sky journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that defender Toby Alderweireld will not be signing a new contract at the club, whilst the Telegraph claim that fellow centre back Eric Dier will be targeted by a number of clubs in the summer.
Here are three other defenders Tottenham should target should either of their current defenders leave.
The 22-year-old is yet to establish himself as a first-choice centre back at Atletico Madrid, but he is still highly ranked by boss Diego Simeone and plays an important role as a squad player. Injuries and the impressive form of Stefan Savic have limited Gimenez to 24 appearances this season, including five in the Champions League.
A centre back who is comfortable with the ball at his feet, and with 38 international caps for Uruguay to his name, Gimenez would slot in nicely next to the slightly less mobile Jan Vertonghen. Plus, at just 22, he has his best years ahead of him, and be a part of the Tottenham spine for years to come.
Would he want to move to Spurs? Well, Atletico have dropped off the title challenge in La Liga, whereas the London club have established themselves as title contenders for two years running. However, Tottenham may face some competition for his signing, with Manchester United and Liverpool both reported to be interested by Spanish news outlet Don Balon.
At only 23, Ginter is another established centre back with his best years ahead of him. A versatile defender who can also operate as a full back or defensive midfielder, he is just as confident with the ball in the air as he is with it at his feet. Being at Dortmund, he is no stranger to title battles and the trials of European football, which would be invaluable to Tottenham.
Now may be the perfect time for Spurs to pounce; with Dortmund having agreed a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Omer Toprak in the summer, Ginter may find his chances limited at Signal Iduna Park next season. However, Spurs are likely to face competition for his signing from the likes of Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly interested in reuniting with the young defender.
24-year-old Jemerson has been one of several revelations for Monaco this season, helping his side challenge for the Ligue 1 title and qualify for the Champions League semi-finals. The Brazilian has made 46 appearances in all competitions this season, contributing to the joint second best defensive record in the league this season.
Whilst not the highest profile member of the Monaco squad, Jemerson may be looking to test himself on a bigger stage next season and Tottenham could be the perfect place to do so. With a title challenge mounted this year and Champions League football a near certainty next season, they may be able to tempt the Brazilian to swap the Cote D’Azur for North London.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are keeping tabs on a 19-year-old European forward.