By Danny Wright
Tottenham are on the verge of making Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth their first signing of the summer, according to a report.
ESPN claims that the 19-year-old is likely to join Spurs after Estudiantes president, and former Manchester United midfielder, Juan Sebastian Veron jetted into London for talks about a transfer.
It is understood that Veron’s previous relationship with Mauricio Pochettino from his playing career could be key in the deal, and will hold talks with both him and owner Daniel Levy.
The report says that Tottenham are not prepared to spend more than £10million on Foyth, but Estudiantes are hoping to pocket atleast £15million from his sale.
Foyth has very limited first team experience with Argentinean giants Estudiantes, only only featured four times in the senior squad last season.
Spurs are certainly well stocked in the centre-back area, with Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen being Pochettino’s main choices in the role while Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers provide adequate back-up.
ESPN adds that the North London club are also keeping tabs on Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Diop.
Football Insider Verdict
Foyth is a very unknown name and certainly looks like a player that Pochettino is gearing up to use in the future. Pochettino will surely know what he is doing when dipping his toes into the Argentine transfer market, so Levy will have to put a lot of trust in his manager in trying to acquire Foyth – especially when he could cost as much as £15million. The price tag slapped on the centre-back’s head seems outrageous, but Spurs’ lack of activity in the transfer window is surely going to bring out some desperation in the near future. They really need to press on with getting in a striker and attacking midfielder or risk panic buying once again.
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