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Journalist Suggests Spurs Should Target Former Premier League Player, Will He Sign?

Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski has suggested that Tottenham should try and make PSG winger Angel Di Maria their first signing of the summer, with the new season kicking off with a trip to Newcastle in just six days’ time.

Spurs are the only English side to date not to make a single signing this summer. We knew that Levy and and Spurs were likely to be fairly inactive over this summer but the fact that Spurs have failed to wrap up a single deal thus far has left fans worried and frustrated ahead of the new domestic season.

A pre-season of mixed results has led to Pochettino admitting that additions need to be made to the squad before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of August. However, it has been accepted that Spurs will not be joining the big spenders such as Manchester City and Chelsea this summer and splashing the cash.

Spurs have been linked with Ross Barkley for a large part of this summer in a rumour that will just not leave the back page. Everton are reportedly asking for £50m for the player who refused to sign a new deal and will be leaving Merseyside. However, it is believed that Everton have accepted they will not be getting the full asking price of £50m.

Turning our attention away from the Englishman, Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski yesterday suggested that PSG winger Di Maria could prove to be a good piece of business for Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino when speaking on the Guardian’s weekly football podcast.

If PSG need to sell, would Di Maria be available for £30-35m? Would he fancy coming back to England? Two Argentinians, him and Pochettino. I think he’s the sort of player who would fit that system. Not particularly flashy, works hard when he can be bothered. It would seem a logical move. Maybe Pochettino would think he could motivate him. Di Maria was pretty motivated until whatever happened after that burglary at Manchester United and then last season and a bit he’s been poor. I think they’re obviously still interested in Ross Barkley and you look at that Tottenham team and you look at Ross Barkley and you think if they spent £50m on him would he even get into that team?

Would Di Maria be a good signing? I think yes. I certainly think he is a player that has more to offer than what we saw in his previous stint at Manchester United. He is clearly a talented player and would give Mauricio Pochettino yet another attacking option. I do think he would be a better signing than Ross Barkley.

However, I feel that the player himself wouldn’t be too keen on the move. It was well publicised when an attempted burglary took place in February 2015, leading to Di Maria putting his mansion on the market little over a month after the incident before moving to PSG that summer, which is mentioned by Bakowski. An event like that has a huge effect on somebody’s life and you get the feeling that he might not be keen on moving back to England. Furthermore, there is little or no evidence to suggest that PSG are willing to sell Di Maria for £30m or even if they are willing to sell at all.

Will Di Maria be a Tottenham player by the end of this transfer window?

Tottenham Set Sights On Young PSG Star After His Latest Comments

Spurs and Liverpool have been informed of the latest comments made by PSG teenager Jonathan Ikone, who has confirmed that he has reached no deal with Italian giants Juventus over a move to the Old Lady, contrary to claims made by L’Equipe that the Frenchman would sign a deal with Juventus.

The youngster has recently confirmed that a deal between himself and Juventus has not been completed when speaking by RMC, “Nothing is signed with Juve. I am still at PSG. I’ll take time to think.”talkSPORT are claiming that these comments have sparked interest from Spurs and Liverpool, who have both reportedly spent time scouting the winger over the course of last season.

Jonathan Ikone is a player that can play on either wing, but prefers to play on the left-wing, a position that Spurs perhaps are lacking in. Nacer Chadli is a recognised left winger that has been deployed in that position over the course of last season, but Christian Eriksen has been preferred over the Belgian.

Heung-Min Son has also played on the left side a couple of times, and this could be a position that Pochettino could look to strengthen over the summer months, although it is unlikely that Ikone would be a regular starter at the age of eighteen years of age. However, we said the same about Dele Alli when he first joined the club.
Ikone has picked up caps for France at U-16, U-17 and U-18 level and has accumulated a total of 29 caps and 14 goals across the three levels, so has had experience at an international level.

In my opinion, if Spurs are looking for somebody to make an instant impact at the start of the season and strengthen the side with immediate effect, then I do not believe Ikone is the right man to go for, but in terms of signing a young star with potential, Ikone would on paper look to be a good buy.

Spurs Set To Revive Interest In French Midfielder

The Telegraph claim that Spurs are set to reignite their interest in French youngster Adrien Rabiot after the midfielder’s mother and agent requested a move on his behalf.

The 20-year-old is looking for a move to a Premier League club, and The Telegraph report that his mother has said that he wants to play thirty-five games a season.

Now after hearing the news, Tottenham are reportedly looking into making a move for the PSG man, a player who Spurs have been targeting since the January transfer window, but the French club would not let Rabiot leave.

Spurs are now set to reignite their interest after hearing that the player himself wants a move, and are hoping that this will boost their chance of signing the holding midfielder.

The midfielder’s mother has said that Rabiot wants to build and further his career at PSG, but his mother believes that this is not possible despite her son’s wishes and believes his future is in the Premier League, but is his future at Spurs?

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Spurs Confident Of Completing Deal For PSG Star In Coming Days

Reports coming from Italian outlet TMV suggest that Tottenham are just days away from completing the signing of PSG striker Ezequiel Lavezzi.

The striker has failed to recapture the form that he showed at Napoli, the form that also earned him a move to French giants PSG. However, he has fallen out with manager Laurent Blanc a number of times over the course of this season.

Lavezzi could be available for anything from £7m to £11m, but either way, this would be a bargain for Spurs if he can show the form he did in Serie A, and at thirty years old, Spurs will be confident that they can squeeze at least a few more years out of the Argentine.

This signing will of course excite many Spurs fans should these reports have any truth to them, as Spurs have been trying to bolster their attacking options for a number of years, and are now looking for somebody to share the workload with Harry Kane.

PSG Plot Big Money Move For Tottenham Star

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been linked with a number of clubs this season, including North London rivals Arsenal, but it is rumoured that PSG are interested in the Frenchman’s services.

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Goal claim that Paris Saint-Germain could make a huge £40m in an attempt to sign Hugo Lloris, which would see Spurs sell yet another of their key players, a trend that has stuck over the past few years.

Despite recent reports stating that Lloris had a release clause in his contract explaining that he would be allowed to leave the club should Spurs not qualify for the Champions League. Although this appears to be false, failure to qualify only makes Tottenham’s task of holding onto the task of the Frenchman a lot harder.

It could take a £40m bid from PSG for Spurs to sell up, but Mauricio Pochettino speaking in a recent press conference has said that nothing new has developed in the last five or six months.

“Nothing has changed from four, five or six months ago, when we last spoke about the rumour. Hugo wants to play the Champions League here for Tottenham and everything else is just rumours.

“Nothing is true and nothing has changed with the situation. He is happy here and wants to reach the Champions League with Tottenham; that is his dream.”

Tottenham Star To SNUB Move Abroad To Stay In London

Reports from The Sunday Mirror suggest that Tottenham star Christian Eriksen will reject a move abroad so he can stay in London with Spurs.

The Sunday Mirror claim that Eriksen is at the top of PSG’s summer shopping list, but the Dane is looking to stay is London as he is content where he is at Spurs.

The 23-year-old has been in excellent form this season, showing he can keeping going right until the end, scoring many last minute winners at the likes of Swansea and Hull.

This form has attracted some of the world’s biggest clubs, but despite the star set on staying in London, Eriksen to PSG is a rumour that will just not go away.

The former Ajax man has scored eleven goals this season in all competitions along with two assists. If he can continue this form into next season, if Tottenham can keep hold of him, he will be an excellent asset to have.

Spurs Invite Young PSG Star To A Tour Of Training Facilities

Reports from Foot Mercato suggest that Tottenham have invited Adrien Rabiot and his family to tour the training facilities at the North London club.

The Lilywhites have been linked with a loan move for the young midfielder, and were said to have made a move in January. However, nothing materialised.

PSG head coach Laurent Blanc is keen to keep hold of Rabiot, and with sixty-one appearances under his belt, and six goals, you can see why.

A French publication, Le Parisien, claim that Rabiot is top of Paul Mitchell’s wishlist, the new head of recruitment at Spurs, who is a big admirer of the defensive midfielder.

It is unclear as to whether Rabiot has accepted this reported offer from Tottenham, but it would be a very good capture for Spurs should they manage to put pen to paper on a deal, with the midfielder’s current contract at PSG running until 2019.

FOUR Players That Could Sign For Spurs On Deadline Day

Tottenham have made no signings so far in this transfer window, but could this be set to change on transfer deadline day?

Spurs have been linked with many players this transfer window, but none of these have come to White Hart Lane to put pen to paper so far this window.

Out of all of the players that Spurs have been linked with over the course of January, and a small part of February, we at Fresh Spurs have whittled it down to just four players that could sign for Tottenham before the 23:00 deadline on Monday.

Blanc Refuses To Rule Out Rabiot January Move

PSG manager Laurent Blanc has admitted that youngster Adrien Rabiot could make a January move this winter transfer window.

Rabiot has been linked with a move to Tottenham or their rivals Arsenal, Liverpool were thought to be interested, but may have fallen out of the running to sign the holding midfielder.

PSG are looking to loan out Rabiot for the rest of the season, in order for the youngster to get more first team playing time under his belt, with just nine appearances in Ligue 1 this season.

Spurs have recently emerged as favourites to take the 19 year-old on loan, and could make the deal permanent in the summer if they like what they have seen from the PSG player.

However, Spurs will have to dig deep into their pockets if they are to permanently sign Rabiot, with PSG reportedly keen to keep hold of the midfielder in the long-term.

Blanc is keen to keep hold of the midfielder, but hasn’t completely ruled out a January move.

“It is not impossible that one of our players will leave,”

“He is a young player who has just extended his contract.

“I hope he stays at PSG because for me he is the future of PSG, but we can not control everything.

“He has very high ambitions, as do those around him of course; I still hope to keep him.”

We watched the midfielder in PSG’s 4-2 defeat to Bastia in the league, click HERE to see what we thought.

 

Player Focus: Adrien Rabiot

Tottenham have recently been linked with a move for PSG youngster Adrien Rabiot, and with us being unsure of his style of play and his ability, FreshSpurs specifically watched him when he played ninety minutes last Saturday in PSG’s 4-2 loss away at Bastia, where Rabiot was given ninety minutes.

The nineteen year-old has a pretty good match away at Bastia, and he grew into the game as it went on, with the holding midfielder looking solid in the opening stages, but gave away a couple or needless free-kicks, and have the ball away a couple of times in the middle of the park.

His first real action came on the nineteenth minute when he made a vital clearance before any Bastia players could pounce. Just a minute later, Rabiot was up the other end of the pitch, extending the visitors’ lead.

PSG pressed the ball, and won it back as a result, Rabiot played a quick pass and continued his run, eventually latching onto a loose ball, only needing only one touch to slide the ball the bottom corner.

It then became apparent that he seemed a more confident player after his goal, and he looked to be a very good link between the defence and the midfield. However, I feel that he could work on turning with the ball with confidence, in order to open up a lot more options for himself when he receives the ball.

Rabiot was also very good holding a positive position in midfield when his side were in possession, giving players the option to play a little pass inside when needed. However, I feel that he drifted out of position off the ball a couple of times, caught ball-watching a little bit perhaps. These are minor things as players were back to cover him more often than not.

Despite these little improvements I have suggested, I feel that Rabiot is a very good player for his age, and would be a good fit for Tottenham, as he can hold his position in midfield well, and push forward too, and he offers the right balance between the two. Time is also on his side.

Although I think he is a very good player, do we not already have the type of player he is at the club. He is similar to Ryan Mason in the way that he can pose a threat going forward, and is also solid where he is deployed in midfield.

A six-month loan does not sound particularly appealing to me either. I think we would have to make this deal permanent if we are going to have anything to do with Rabiot. If we do not sell to make room for the midfielder, we risk having a massive midfield overload.

My final verdict is that Rabiot is a very talented player that can pose a threat going forward, as well as staying solid in the midfield. He could possibly work on minimising the amount of silly mistakes that are currently dispersed in his game. However, I do not think that the deal is right for Spurs, unless we sign him permanently, or make the deal permanent in the summer.