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Tottenham look to beat Arsenal and West Ham to sign Serie A superstar

Totttenham are amongst the clubs interested in signing Ivan Perisic, according to reports emerging from Italy.

The Croatian international came close to joining Arsenal in January but the move failed to materialise as the Gunners wouldn’t commit to a permanent deal. Now it seems the World Cup finalist will be on the move in the summer and now it’s not just Arsenal who are interested in signing him, with West Ham and Tottenham attributed with interested.

The major downside to Perisic is his age (30). Tottenham and Pochettino are a long term work in progress and so there are positives and negatives in bringing in an older, established player.

First let’s look at the positives. Perisic is a proven winner and has played at the highest level for a number of years. He will bring new fresh ideas and a new dynamic to the Tottenham attack. This season we have seen how Son Heung-min’s attacking variety has given the team much more depth to their attack, and Perisic could add yet another dimension. A front three of Son, Perisic and Kane is certainly exciting and you feel it would get the most out of Kane.

The stats don’t lie and Perisic is a very productive midfielder in the final third. He’s scored 35 goals in 135 games during his time at Inter Milan and has 22 goals for his country in 75 caps.

Unlike most wingers, Perisic is also a real aerial threat standing at 6ft 1’. His bigger than most frame allows for him to hold up the ball well and cut inside with devastating effect at times.

On the negative side, he could disrupt the style of play at Spurs. Perisic has a unique style to his game and so it could create a negative impact on the team as a whole and also certain individuals. Could it kill the growing influence from younger players like Son and Lucas Moura?

With a limited transfer budget, I think Spurs could be more intelligent in spending £20million-£30million (what it would probably take to sign him). Inter are looking to cash in for a reason and that is because the player is a declining asset in terms of value. He has no resale value and therefore will probably not appeal to Daniel Levy as a signing, but if Pochettino wants him, I’m willing to back it.

West Ham are another club said to be interested, and whilst they aren’t able to offer Perisic European football, they would be able to give him first team assurances which could appeal to the player. But should Tottenham come calling I’m sure he would prefer a move to White Hart Lane and to play under Pochettino.

A journeyman to some degree, Perisic is yet to ply his trade in England but has featured for the likes of Bourssia Dortmund and Wolfsburg.

What can Tottenham expect from Man City in Champions League clash?

Tottenham Hotspur will have to negotiate their way past Manchester City to reach the Champions League semi-final.

Spurs were drawn against the Premier League champions with an advantage of hosting the first leg at the new White Hart Lane before heading to the Etihad.

Spurs are hoping to reach the last four for just the second time in their history. The last time the North London side made it that far was 1961/62 when they suffered a 4-3 aggregate defeat against Portuguese side Benfica.

Their quest could not be any more difficult if the bookmakers are to be believed as City were the pre-tournament favourites to win the competition, giving Mauricio Pochettino’s side the worst possible outcome. But Spurs are no pushovers.

The Lilywhites gave the Citizens a fight in a 1-0 defeat in the Premier League back in October. Mauricio Pochettino will be motivated to throw everything at this fixture, especially with little to play for on the domestic front.

Both sides will clash three times in April. Sandwiched between two continental collisions is a Premier League matchup, pitting the two sides together three times in the space of just 10 days. The players will certainly get to know each other well and it will be interesting to see which tactician, Pep or Poch, comes out on top.

While Tottenham breezed past Borussia Dortmund with a 4-0 aggregate victory, City overcame Schalke with a stunning 10-2 aggregate win. Pep Guardiola’s men showed why they are many people’s favourites for the competition with that ruthless display.

In the group stage City finished as Group F winners ahead of Olympique Lyon. The English champions picked up 13 points from six matches, losing only once. Guardiola’s swashbuckling attack is frightening, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane hitting form at exactly the right time.

Raheem Sterling has been in incredible form in 2019

Only Paris Saint-Germain (17) outscored them in the group phase (16) and with 26 goals in the Champions League altogether, they currently flaunt the most potent firepower in the competition.

While Guardiola’s teams were amazing at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, his Man City team is arguably his best yet. It’s as though he has a playmaker in every position who can not only create and score goals but also defend.

While many teams pack the box in an attempt to try and hold them off, Pep’s men are still able to break free and attack quickly on the counter. 

Coutinho the perfect Eriksen replacement

Tottenham have once again fallen short in the title race, and now find themselves contending with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for a top four spot.

It is sad to see that once again the club has not managed to keep pace with the teams at the top of the league, but what can fans realistically expect when so little is invested in the team?

Spurs are the only club in Europe’s top leagues not to sign a player in both the summer and the most recent winter transfer windows. It seems crazy when the club are so close to winning a major trophy, that Daniel Levy is not investing.

Now instead of strengthening it seems the club may face losing one of their top stars in Cristian Eriksen. Italian press report that Madrid are confident of signing the Danish international for €50m-€60m. With his contract due to expire next summer, Spurs would surely have to accept such a high amount of money.

Should he leave, Spurs will need to replace him with a player at least as good and that will be difficult, but the availability of Phillipe Coutinho may well present an opportunity.

Philippe Coutinho has fallen out of favour in Barcelona

According to ESPN, Barcelona are open to selling Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho and would consider offers in excess of £90million.

“Barcelona do not have a firm offer from any club at this point, but some have expressed an interest in the player,” a source at the club told ESPN FC. “Key people, who are either directly or indirectly linked with various clubs have been following the situation closely.”

Manchester United and Chelsea are the two clubs mentioned in ESPN’s article as potential suitors, but Tottenham should be involved in the bidding if they lose their most creative player in Eriksen.

Although he has failed to hit the ground running at Barcelona, Coutinho has undoubted quality and it was that quality that saw Barcelona invest over £100million to sign him just last year.

A player of his ability would probably be an improvement on Eriksen and we already know that he can perform in the Premier League.

Coutinho was incredible for Liverpool between 2013-2018, scoring 41 goals in 152 appearances and assisting many more.

Even during his ‘unsuccessful’ year at Barcelona, he’s managed to score 12 goals. Not bad at all. Aged 26, his best years are still ahead of him and the thought of the former Liverpool player in this Tottenham team makes me very excited.

Tottenham could battle Arsenal for African defender

It isn’t the North London derby yet but Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are already at war. There’s no love lost between these sides and this animosity transcends beyond the pitch.

Expect fireworks when both sides clash in the transfer market for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.

According to the Daily Record, the north London neighbours are monitoring the Ivorian’s situation at Old Trafford.

Bailly was Jose Mourinho’s first signing as United manager. The defender arrived with considerable potential and a huge outlay. However, with only 40 top-flight appearances under his belt, he seems to not be the kind of experienced, ready-made addition Mourinho typically favours.

Although the Ivorian showed immense potential at times, he has so far failed to kick on during his two years at Old Trafford. It seems as though the Red Devils could cut tlheir losses.

On his day Bailly is brilliant. Not only is he technically gifted, able to ghost past opposing forwards with the ease of a creative midfielder, but he is also extremely relaxed under pressure. He is a capable of player as either a man-marker or he can take a more progressive attitude.

Bailly can construct defence-splitting passes without fear or significant difficulty, which is what makes him such an important asset. However, injuries have reduced him into a mere spectator lately. This seems to have left him lagging behind Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the pecking order.

Bailly’s fitness is a major concern. The 24-year-old was plagued by six different injuries in two years, missing nearly a combined eight months of action. When he is on the pitch, intermittent lapses of indiscipline is also a concern.

Both London giants are desperate to add defensive reinforcements. Injuries have cut Unai Emery’s side to bare bones.  Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t have the same injury concerns at present, but could do with an extra man at the back.

Reports claim that Mourinho, though, would prefer to keep the former Villarreal defender despite using the 24-year-old sparingly in the Premier League campaign so far.

The Daily Record adds that the ex-Chelsea boss will only do business if Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly moves to Old Trafford. That move appears unlikely, at least until the summer.