The defensive department of the Tottenham squad needs quality additions this summer.
British source report that Tottenham are linked with a move for RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.
The 21-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The France international was signed by RB Leipzig in January 2017 from Red Bull Salzburg for a fee of 10 million euros. The 21-year-old has a contract until 2021 with the club.
Upamecano has played 101 times for RB Leipzig since signing from Red Bull Salzburg, scoring one goal and creating three assists in that time.
The 21-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in France.
Dayot Upamecano has represented France at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 46 caps and scoring one goal.
The France international has impressed in the Bundesliga this season and is starting to attract the interest of bigger clubs.
Jose Mourinho wants to sign a new centre-back and Upamecano is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The France international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Mourinho wants to target in the summer transfer window.
Tottenham are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.
According to the report, “Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has ordered the club’s transfer chief, Daniel Levy, to complete the €65million summer signing of centre-back Dayot Upamecano. Spurs have strengthened in midfield and attack in the past 12 months with the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn both moving to North London, but defence remains an issue. Youngster Japhet Tanganga has risen to prominence this season but Jan Vertonghen, 32, is expected to depart at the end of the season, leaving Toby Alderweireld, Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez as other options at the back. According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Mourinho has identified RB Leipzig’s Upamecano as a “priority” summer signing, one that could help reinvigorate his side’s defence. The 21-year-old has featured in 19 of his side’s 23 Bundesliga games to date but the source claims that Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate – both currently out injured – are preferred options for Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann. What’s more, it is claimed that Upamecano’s future is the subject of intense speculation, with the player having already confirmed that there is interest from across Europe in his signature.”
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A big money bid from Tottenham could tempt RB Leipzig into selling their prized asset.
Signing the 21-year-old would be a masterstroke from Jose Mourinho.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Tottenham.
How strong that interest is and whether Spurs will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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