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Friday, 13 April 2018

7 Spurs transfer stories in 1 minute

7 Spurs Transfer Stories In 1 Minute

Reported Tottenham Transfer Target Layvin Kerzawa

Newspapers like to come up with stories to sell their newspapers and they love to have an exclusive, thus they throw every name they can think of at a club and claim they were in the know and brought you the story.

It's a comical merry go round as a story just moves from one country to another and one paper to another, sometimes claiming a fake exclusive and others just not mentioning the source to 'pretend' they have found the news.

One paper will quote another paper who quote a third source showing some papers cam#t even be bothered with any of their own research. The same goes for the numerous number of regurgitation website who write everything from a newspaper as if it were fact.

A 1 minute look around Twitter this morning and 7 different Tottenham transfer stories leapt at me, so I decided to spend a further 1 minute looking at each one.

  • Liverpool, Tottenham and three more Premier League clubs are in a transfer chase for Norwich duo James Maddison and Josh Murphy (Source: Daily Mirror). - It is undoubtedly more than the 5 clubs, Norwich fans are joking that Crystal Palace and Burnley are not big enough and that Liverpool or Spurs are the more likely destination. Other reports say Leicester City are leading the race to sign a player rated at £30m, but then some say it's £40m, while Norwich City fans are asking if the 21-year-old (22 in November) has been found out by the opposition. Crystal Palace and Leicester City again are said to be chasing 23-year-old (24 next February) Josh Murphy, seemingly on the back of one goal. Numbers thrown at the story are again £30m.

  • Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa for €25 million this summer (Source RMC). Sports Witmess suggest Manchester United are 'prepared to welcome' the 25-year-old (26 in September) to Old Trafford, that's big of them. RMC report he is prioritizing a move to the Premier League. SFR Sport say Chelsea want to sign him. Radio Monte Carlo say a number of top Premier League clubs are chasing him they have learnt, yeah well so have I reading Twitter about it for a minute. Of course it took a Spurs Twitter account to suggest he 'apparently' would be a replacement for Danny Rose. As Rose is reportedly out injured until after the World Cup, perhaps he may well still be at Spurs next season.

  • Tottenham and West Ham want Barcelona's 24-year-old Portugal midfielder Andr√© Gomes. (Source: Daily Mirror). AS and Mundo Deportivo claim that the 24-year-old (25 in July) midfielder has told Barcelona he wants to leave and that he is a target of Manchester United. A Tweet suggests Barcelona have placed a £26m price tag on him, while a Daily Mirror journalist claims Gomes wants a move to Spurs. Other Tweets suggest he has denied he has asked to leave and said he is happy at Barcelona, no sources though. Reposrts suggest Barcelona have saved paying Valencia 10m Euros  after being knocked out of the Champions League again. Most Tweets are simply slagging him off, nobody who supports Barcelona seems to rate him at all.

  • Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle United are interested in signing Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand. (Source: Sun Sport). They claim he wants out at Southampton which will spark a £25m scramble for him. Presumably they have guessed teams who might, just might, be interested in him. Every Tweet seems to stem from The Sun story, which is an assumption anyway, an accurate one though probably. At 28 (29 in August) I would suggest he is too old for us to be interested in, given the demands we place on wing-backs.

  • Tottenham are being linked with West Ham left-back Arthur Masuaku (Source: The Sun). The 24-year-old (25 in November) is an alternative to Ryan Sessegnon apparently, although the same paper suggests Ryan Bertrand so it seems they are taking guesses as to who might replace the injured Danny Rose. Various other Tweets suggest he is valued at £20m and wanted by Chelsea and Monaco. A Tweet from a West Ham source suggests Masuaku will not be leaving the club in the summer.

  • Fulham will refuse to sell 17-year-old (18 in May) Tottenham target Ryan Sessegnon in the summer should they gain promotion to the Premier League. (Source: Evening Standard). The Sun suggest he is valued at £25m, I have seen £40m and £50m quoted. Further Tweets suggest Manchester United, Liverpool, PSG and Manchester City are all interested.

  • Tottenham and Inter Milan are keen on signing Manchester United forward Anthony Martial if he becomes available this summer. (Source: Daily Telegraph). Juventus are said to be tracking the 22-year-old (23 in December) Frenchman say the Independent. RMC report he is unhappy with his playing time, has rejected a new contract and his agent is looking at other options. It is quite usual for young talent not to get much playing time under Mourinho, he doesn't trust youth. The Times report contract talks have restarted but that Martial wants assurances about playing time.


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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Scouting, One To Watch, Qatar deal

Scouting, One To Watch and the Qatar deal which sees Harry Winks rehabilitating over there.

Harry Winks recovering in Qatar

Spurs have sent a scout to the RB Salzburg vs Lazio UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie tonight report Austrian online sports portal LAOLA1 TV, whose headquarters are in Vienna.

One To Watch

Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all watching 19-year-old (20 in June) Eberechi Eze, the QPR forward.

We were once again at the game against Norwich City, reported the Daily Mirror, a game QPR won 4-1.

West London Sport report that he oozes class. Rather like Kyle Walker-Peters, he won the Man of the Match award for his first start for manager Ian Holloway after some impressive substitute displays.

Harry Winks

Regular readers will remember me reporting Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff visiting a rehabilitation clinic in Qatar and Spurs signing an agreement with them.

Well, Harry Winks is now in Qatar undergoing rehabilitation for his ongoing ankle injury, the one he suffered that ended his season, last season. It has completely scuppered his chances of going to the World Cup this summer and he will be like a new signing when he returns next season.


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Spurs Ask About French Under-21 Centre-back Mukiele

Spurs Have Asked About The Availability Of French Under-21 Right-back/Centre-back Nordi Mukiele

Spurs-Ask-About-French-Under-21 Centre-back-Mukiele
Pochettino is regularly having Nordi Mukiele watched

Tottenham Hotspur are regularly scouting 20-year-old (21 in November) Montpellier centre-back Nordi Mukiele, a rising star in Ligue 1 and are reported by Le 10 Sport to have made initial enquiries about his situation.

First the basics, he is 1.86m tall (6ft 1in in proper money) and under contract until 2022,he moved to Montpellier from second-division side Stade Laval for £1.35 million in January 2017

He is a French Under-21 international (capped twice) who is also qualified to play for DR Congo.

This season he has played at centre-back 21 times and at right-back 12 times, with 1 game at right midfield. That suggests he has the adaptability that Mauricio Pochettino likes. Transfermarkt place his current valuation at £7.2 million.

Pochettino likes adaptable players because they cover several positions, but also because it keeps the individual involved and a part of the group. The more active the member of a squad the better generally, without over working of course.

Olympique Marseille are also keeping an eye on him and are said to be wanting to make a move in the summer. He played against them in a 0-0 draw last Sunday and by all accounts had an excellent game. Right-footed, he played left sided centrally in a back five.

Reports in France suggest players and coaches are tipping big things for Mukiele and suggestions over here say Manchester City and Chelsea are taking an interest. He is powerful and quick, is making waves having never played in the system he is playing in today.

Montpellier boss Michel Der Zakarian, a former defender praises him.

"He's got a lot of potential. He's an intelligent player, he's good in the air, reads the game well and is comfortable with the ball."

The defender admits he isn't the finished article and that he has lapses in concentration that he is working on with the help of his 40-year-old captain, Vitorino Hilton, beside him. He is strong in the air, comfortable with the ball at his feet and has all the attributes of a modern day full-back/wing-back.

Montpellier sit 6th in the French table with the second best defensive record in the division. They have conceded only 26 goals in 32 games, PSG (1st) have conceded 22 goals, while Monaco (2nd) and Amiens SC (13th) have conceded 34 goals.


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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Foreign fans more important than season ticket holders?

Foreign Fans More Important Than Season Ticket Holders?

Are foreign fans more important than season ticket holders?

For the first time in nearly 2 years I dipped into Spurs Community.

I dipped into a thread about Spurs support abroad and how we were perceived. A few possible reasons given and reasons for an improvement in our perception.

Nobody seem to flat out give the reason though, which is that we are in the UEFA Champions League. For international exposure it is the be all and end all of football.

There were figures produced in the USA that showed a direct correlation between playing UEFA Champions League football and Google searches.

The UEFA Champions League has a vast worldwide audience, the UEFA Europa League isn't so high profile by a long way. To increase commercial revenue and thus pay the higher wages, we have to be in the UEFA Champions League permanently. We look as though we are going to be there for a third straight season, great, but we need 10+ seasons probably so there is still plenty of work to do.

Spurs fans complained about Arsenal feeling qualifying was like winning a Cup, well they were getting the exposure we weren't, they were getting the commercial revenue we weren't, they could therefore afford the wages we couldn't. That is something we have to turn completely around.

It is important for us that they do not win the UEFA Europa League and get into the UEFA Champions League through the back door. I'm cheering on Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig. The longer Arsenal stay out of the UEFA Champions League the more it will affect the players they can attract and the commercial income they can generate, that has a lasting affect and makes a Top 4 finish a little bit easier in years to come.

The UEFA Champions League instead increases our profile, increases awareness of us abroad, increases our foreign fan base and that is all of interest to our current and future commercial sponsors enabling us to negotiate more and bigger sponsorship deals. Man U for instance earn nearly 4 times the commercial revenue we do.

Foreign fans are just as important, indeed arguably more important commercially to Spurs than fans who attend games. The commercial revenue we generate isn't aimed at the season ticket holder, it's aimed at everyone else.

The NFL and potential for exposure into the American market directly through TV screens into their own homes on the back of their national sport, American Football, carries huge potential.


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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Where Levy has taken Spurs since the 2001/01 Premier League table

Where Levy Has Taken Spurs Since The 2001/01 Premier League Table

Daniel Levy is steering Spurs in the right direction

I know the Premier League started earlier, I'm just showing you a few years before Daniel levy took over to show where we regularly finished in the Premier League table.

Premier League Finishes

1996/97 10th
1997/98 14th
1998/99 11th
2000/01 12th - Daniel Levy becomes Chairman of Spurs Feb 2001
2001/02 9th
2002/03 10th
2003/04 14th
2004/05 9th
2005/06 5th
2006/07 5th
2007/08 11th
2008/09 8th
2009/10 4th - Champions League
2010/11 5th
2011/12 4th
2012/13 5th
2013/14 6th - Pochettino joins Spurs May 2014
2014/15 5th
2015/16 3rd - Champions League
2016/17 2nd - Champions League
2017/18 Top 4 - Champions League (probably)

In addition we have built one of the best training facilities sin the world and are building one of the best stadiums in the world, plus the new players lodge will be ready soon.

To be a successful team then having the infrastructure for success can only help attract the right players. Part of being successful is creating the right environment for success, the facilities help, but the players attitude, happiness helps.

Daniel Levy has just had his previously agreed backdated pay rise and bonuses paid, taking this years amount to £6m. That is not his annual wage from now on as some may and no doubt are assuming.

We are a brilliantly run club, financially stable thanks to Levy's management,as we can all see, even those with an anti-Levy agenda.

He is the one who has driven to get the stadium, he is the one who has driven the NFL deal, the benefits of which we will see in the future. That is potentially a money spinner commercially and gives us a high profile in a major international market.

We now get invited to the International Champions Cup each summer to compete against the top teams. We have played Bayern Munich and this summer we meet Barcelona. Again this helps our exposure.

All this means that we continue to grow our revenue and that puts us in a position where we then have the possibility to win trophies on a regular basis, but we have to get to that position first, a fact a few fans seem to ignore.

When you have a long term goal to reach the top and win trophies regularly, you don't jeopardise that by suddenly changing tack and gambling with the clubs future by smashing a wages budget for instance.

Continued steady growth is the order of the day and when the new stadium money, match day and commercial, kicks in it will still be a period of steady growth, as I doubt there will suddenly be a huge increase.

Just because we are in the top 4 does not mean we have a top 4 income and therefore can't pay top 4 wages. However, the biggest pull for most players is winning trophies. While we are improving young players, playing them and competing for trophies, as we clearly are now,, we have that trump card to play.

Do we need a trophy, yes of course we do,but the long term future of the club will take priority over anything short term.

Daniel Levy is certainly doing a fine job. We are in an immensely better position now than when he took over, yet some fools still want him out, only these people can never offer any alternatives. Every club will have it's plastic fans and it's sugar daddy fans. The majority of us though are only too delighted with the progress we are making and see a bright future for the club.

What has happened to all the clubs that were around us when Levy took over? Look at the 200/01 table and ask yourself where these clubs are now and who is therefore better run?

Premier League Table 200/01

  1. Manchester United
  2. Arsenal
  3. Liverpool
  4. Leeds United - had gambled financially on players and wages, failed to qualify for the Champions League and had therefore to sell players. Never recovered. A lesson to all Spurs fans.
  5. Ipswich Town - Championship
  6. Chelsea
  7. Sunderland - Championship
  8. Aston Villa - Championship
  9. Charlton Athletic - League One
  10. Southampton
  11. Newcastle United
  12. Tottenham Hotspur
  13. Leicester City
  14. Middlesbrough - Championship
  15. West Ham United
  16. Everton
  17. Derby County - Championship
  18. Manchester City
  19. Coventry City - League One with a new stadium
  20. Bradford City - League One

You can see the improvement we have made, you can see how financially sound we are compared to others, you can see we are now pushing for trophies where the others aren't, you can see we are clearly better run and like it or not, that is down to Daniel Levy.



Monday, 9 April 2018

Spurs 3rd highest gross debt in Premier League

A brief look at the Spurs financials

Tottenham have the third highest gross debt in the Premier League with £185m, which will increase as we invest further in the new stadium. That of course means we had the third highest interest payments in the Premier League.

People seem to think that because Daniel Levy has told us that the financial side of building the new stadium will not affect the playing budgets, and it won't, if the club sticks to those budgets.

Only Manchester United £503m and Arsenal £227m (Emirates Stadium loan) have a higher gross debt than Spurs do.

The increase in TV revenue has already been budgeted for so wages can only increase by the budgeted level and they can not simply be blown apart. That money would have to come from somewhere and it would put the club in financial difficulty. An explanation of that can be found in this article: Alderweireld situation

We drew £152m against the £400 agreed with HSBC, Goldman and BoA. This and other loans increase our loan payments, so the picture most fans see (increased income thus wages can be significantly increased) isn't the true one.

Since the recently published accounts period closed, Spurs have made 5 purchases in the transfer market; Davinson Sanchez, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier, Fernando Llorente and Juan Foyth.

For a good read on our financials, with plenty of graphics, from someone in the banking industry, read @SwissRamble, although he has only posted things on Twitter at the moment.

Top 6 Income
Man U  £581m
Man City £453m
Arsenal £419m
Liverpool £365m
Tottenham £306m

While our income has increased, so has everyone else's, something fans seem to forget. We are still lagging behind and need the increased revenue the new stadium will start to bring in, but that won't happen overnight. Manchester United's commercial income is almost 4 times ours!



Sunday, 8 April 2018

Tottenham Transfer Talk Mathias Jensen


Tottenham transfer talk - Mathias Jensen 

Tottenham Transfer Talk today beings news that Spurs have been watching 22-year-old (23 next January) Mathias Jensen.

He is a Danish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Danish Superliga-side FC Nordsjælland, for whom he is having an excellent season.

Nike sponsored Jensen is 5ft 8in and has 8 Danish Under-21 caps scoring 1 goal, so Christian Eriksen should know all about him with his contacts in the Danish game. He played 6 games at Under-20 level, scoring 1 goal,  8 games at Under-19 level and 1 game at Under-18 level.

Tottenham Transfer Talk - Mathias Jensen

In all competitions he has played 29 games, scoring 9 goals with 7 assists. That equates to a goal every 287 minutes and a direct hand in a goal every 161 minutes.

The report on our interest and that of Ajax, who are said to be preparing a bid, can be found here: Mathias Jensen

There is plenty of interest in him, Sevilla, Villarreal and Celta Vigo from Spain, FC North Zealand, Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen and also Southampton from the Premier League are all scouting him.



Saturday, 7 April 2018

Spurs Are Ahead Of Schedule

The Bigger Picture - Spurs Are Ahead Of Schedule

Spurs-are- Ahead-of-schedule
Spurs are ahead of schedule

The Bigger Picture - Spurs are ahead of schedule says Mauricio Pochettino, who spoke exclusively to Sky Sports Soccer Saturday and his words were a reminder to some Spurs fans who are getting ahead of themselves.

"We signed nearly four years ago, and from the beginning we tried to reduce the gap and create a project to arrive at a very position for the new stadium, and to have the possibility to fight to be in the Champions League. We are ahead in that project."

Always we need to be looking at the reality of the situation and the bigger picture. The Toby Alderweireld is a fine example. You can read all about that and the repercussions i this article:
The REALITY of the Alderweireld Situation

Incidentally to follow on from that, here are a couple of articles on just some of our transfer targets, one to replace Alderweireld.
Ryan Sessegnon and Joshua King
Which centre-back should replace Alderweireld?

We are ahead in our project, Pochettino reveals. That tells us that we planned to build the team, we planned to build the new stadium and be competing for a UEFA Champions League place then, perhaps in the season before we moved into the stadium.

If we qualify again, that will be the third year on the trot, so in the respect of team building we are a couple of years ahead of schedule at least. That growth plan will have taken account of our finances, then and going forward. TV money for instance, is known 3 years in advance, as soon as the deal is signed. That is then already planned into budgets, so it isn't new money that suddenly appears out of the blue as some Spurs fans seem to think.

Some are citing this 'new'money as a source to pay Alderweireld what he wants, not an option in reality. We have plans to increase contracts each year, a) to increase wages and b) to tie players to long contracts so that is they decide to leave we can charge maximum amounts for them. That is sound business.

I band on about mentality, simply because it is the be all and end all of top level sport. You have to aim to be the best and we are aiming for Barcelona standard. That drags us up to a higher level than if we aimed for the then Arsenal standard or Chelsea standard.

I wrote a whole series of articles on mentality and one on each player making tiny little improvements to his game each day, which is the aim of those with a winning mentality. The Kaisen approach. If everyone in the squad improved I pointed out that would be over 1,000 improvements and that would impact on our performances. We can see that happening.

"I think the most important [thing] is to create a platform, create an institute where players we bring in feel comfortable. I think all the players need coaching; if you do not push the player they are going to be too comfortable. Always you need to push. 
"I listen to players like [Giorgio] Chiellini recently, or a player that has finished their career like Rio Ferdinand, they say it is always about learning. Learn, learn, learn, every day. If you are 25, 30, 35, you need to think you can learn every day. If not, you are going to go backwards, and of course you are going to fail, and you begin to see the end of your career. 
"That's the mentality we need, and a big percentage of our players have this mentality."

A big percentage, not all you note.

You can see why I suggest we become the best in the world at mentally pre-assessing players before we buy them, that we use Sports Psychologists to asses the real mentality of a player rather than what he says is his mentality. We research character already, but there is always room for improvement.

We must stick to our plan, stick to what is working. You want out then you are no longer a part of the project, you are not the future and thus you work and build with those who are a part of that future.Always looking forward. It's why Walker was dropped for Trippier and now Alderweireld is on the sidelines for Sanchez.

A comment on Twitter suggests Toby Alderweireld's Dad was once barred from the club. That tells me that Alderweireld and his advisers are demanding top money, but that he actually would prefer to stay at Spurs. The fact that we have offered him less than he wants and this has shattered a relationship comes out of disappointment.

The Alderweireld camp wouldn't lose their rag is he was intent on leaving before negotiations,as they would just demand a top wage and sit quietly if we didn't accept it. All the noise is because they are upset and now if they want that wage realise they will have to leave, unless of course he has decided he wants to join a rival and we are refusing to even contemplate it, insisting he goes abroad, which is a distinct possibility too.

Whatever the situation, he isn't our future now. Players like Josh Onomah and Marcus Edwards have got to show that willingness to improve every day,they have to show the right mentality and I don't see it in them yet. That isn't to say they won't acquire it, but without it they will not reach the very top, which is where we expect all players to strive to be.

These articles are still relevant from last February:

How a winner sees things
Gary Neville on what it takes to be a winner



Friday, 6 April 2018

Ryan Sessegnon and Joshua King

Ryan Sessegnon and Joshua King

Two players are once again in the news as our summer transfer targets. One we want but will the other be too expensive for the limited time he can give us?

Ryan Sessegnon

Tottenham transfer target Ryan Sessegnon

The Sun are telling us that Fulham value Tottenham target 17-year-old (18 in May) Ryan Sessegnon at £25m which is half of what other clubs quote. He is a Championship player so the lower valuation makes sense given his performances.

The left midfielder, who can operate as a left-back, would seem to fit our advanced full-back position perfectly and we have been chasing him heavily since January, although we have been chasing him for a couple of years and tried to sign him last summer.

Since then his value has shot up, with the Nike sponsored England Under-21 international (he has 1 cap) scoring 14 goals and having 5 further assists. He is under contract until 2020 and will surely move on this summer. Reports have for a long time suggested that he wants to join Spurs so let's hope they are right.

Joshua King

Tottenham transfer target Joshua King

Striker Joshua King is once again being linked with a summer move to us to back up Harry Kane. It is a difficult position to fill given Kane is always going to be first choice. The problem with an out and out striker is he'll sit on the bench a lot, which makes it difficult for him to perform when he does get to play. He has to be a mentally strong player who accepts his role at the club.

The other option is a secondary striker who can play the number 10 role, another Dele Alli, Son type, who can take over as a central striker if and when required. Given we have that, do we need another? Also given the success of winger Mo Salah at Liverpool playing centrally could someone like Erik Lamela play as a central striker?

Bournemouth striker King is a 26-year-old (27 in January) so we have to remember his age when coming to a transfer fee. We have to look at how long he has left until he is 30 and factor that in. The fact that his contract runs until 2021 would make him an expensive option in my eyes and there will be better targets out there, who are also a cheaper price.


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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Centre-Back Transfer Targets

Which Centre-back Should Spurs Go For To Replace Alderweireld In The Squad?

Tottenham Transfer Target Mattjis de Ligt

There are still some who are citing Toby Alderweireld is recovering from an injury as the reason he is not playing, but as he and the club are no longer even talking over a new contract it is pretty clear that we will be cashing in in the summer.

His wage demands are out of our league as explained in The REALITY of the Alderweireld Situation previous post.

He has been excellent for us and has helped us improve, but we are buying better defenders now and Davinson Sanchez is proving to be a good buy. The Colombian is still only 21, while Alderweireld is now 29, so the youngster is the future and he still has room for improvement.

With Toby Alderweireld 15 goals conceded in 17 games
Without Alderweireld 22 goals conceded in 29 games.

Tottenham Premier League record when Davinson Sanchez has started:

Played - 24
Won - 16
Drawn - 6
Lost - 2
Conceded - 18
Clean sheets - 12

We can cash in now on Alderweireld and get twice as much as we may have to accept next summer, if we activate his extra year clause.

The press have thrown plenty of names at us and we are keeping an eye on many players,We will be watching replays of every game each of our targets play and looking at the numerous statistics that are so much a part of player assessment these days.

There were a couple of Germans put forward recently and the latest talk is of four players.

Alfie Mawson (Swansea City)
24-year-old (25 next January)
Contract until 2020
Height 1.88m (6ft 1in)
England Under-21 international
Transfermarkt valuation £10.8m

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)
18-year-old (19 in August)
Contract until 2021
Height 1.88m  (6ft 1in)
Dutch international (5 caps)
Transfermarkt valuation £25m

Jonny Evans (WBA)
30-year-old (31 next January)
Contract until 2019
Height 1.88m  (6ft 1in)
Northern Ireland international (68 caps)
Transfermarkt valuation £15m

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)
24-year-old (25 in November)
Contract until 2017
Height 1.88m  (6ft 1in)
England Under-21 international
Transfermarkt valuation £7m

The best option for me there is Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt. Not only is he the youngest but he is the most highly rated. Barcelona are watching him as are all the top teams in Europe. He would be the most expensive option too, but as a ball playing centre-back he would compliment our style and have the flexibility to play our different formations.

Who would you choose?

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