'Wow...' - Exclusive: Spurs player-exchange deal for Juventus star mooted, Phillips reacts
Kevin Phillips claimed Alex Sandro would be an upgrade on Ben Davies if Tottenham were to complete a deal for the Juventus defender this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Sunderland and West Brom striker suggested Jose Mourinho would prioritise a left-back and a centre-half if Jan Vertonghen leaves at the end of his contract.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Spurs are eyeing a summer move for Brazil and Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, 29, and are willing to offer cash plus Serge Aurier in return.
Sandro has made 31 appearances this season for the Serie A champions, providing four assists.
When asked by Football Insider if a left-back would be high on Mourinho’s shopping list, Phillips said: “Left-back and centre-half have to be the priority with Vertonghen looking likely to leave.
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“Defensively they will have to strengthen in the summer.
“If they can get a decent left-back in it could be a very exciting area of the pitch for Spurs.
“Ben Davies is a good player but, wow, if you can bring in a class player like that, it would be a good signing for Tottenham. Sandro looks a class player.”
Football Insider understands Vertonghen will not sign a new deal at the club and will leave this summer on a free.
Danny Rose is still on the Lilywhites’ books but, like Vertonghen, looks set to leave on a Bosman once his loan deal at Newcastle United expires.
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