Sun. Oct 1st, 2023

Tottenham Hotspur seem to make a big decision in the summer transfer market to reinforce their weak defense.

Italian media ‘Calcio Mercato’ quoted a source on the 16th (Korean time) and said, ‘Tottenham is interested in signing AC Milan’s central defender Fikayo Tomori. For this, there is a willingness to give up side defender Emerson Royal.”

Tomori also played for the England national team. In the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he was not included in the 26 players due to injury, but is considered a future defensive resource. Harry Maguire (Manchester United)’s position may be shaken and he may become the center of England’s defense as it aims to win the 2024 European Football Championship (Euro 2024).

Antonio Conte may leave Tottenham at the end of the season. The media emphasized that it was a reinforcement to strengthen power, saying, ‘Regardless of Conte’s future, Tottenham is interested in Tomori’.

Chairman Daniel Levy is well aware of the seriousness of Tottenham’s defense. He showed a willingness to recruit Tomori with a critical mind that 토토사이트it would be difficult to expect good grades if he could not straighten his spine.

Clement Lenglet has to return to FC Barcelona on loan at the end of the season. There are Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dyer, and Christian Romero, but they are a resource that feels lacking. Sanchez is said to be too slow and Dier is better suited as a central midfielder. Romero is at least hopeful.

Tomori is considered a resource with good anti-personnel defense and space control. It is the conclusion of Levy and Tottenham management that Tomori is needed for the adaptation and stability of right-back Pedro Poro, who had a terrible debut against Leicester City.

In fact, it is known that there is a financial burden to pay a large amount of money to recruit, and recently Tottenham has been known to have the possibility of acquiring the American billionaire Chairman Najapi, but regardless of that, it is known that they are struggling to send Royal to Milan.

Milan fully acquired Tomori from Chelsea in the summer of 2021 for 30 million euros (41.3 billion won). He signed a four-year long-term contract until June 2025. He renewed his contract again in August 2022 and extended it for another two years until June 2027. After joining Tomori, Milan succeeded in stabilizing the defense and achieved the result of winning second place in the 2020-21 season and championship in the 2021-22 season, so it was a natural contract change.

Even if Tottenham is interested, there are mountains to overcome. Milan manager Stefano Pioli opposes Tomori’s transfer. In the first leg of the round of 16 of the European Football Federation Champions League (UCL) against Tottenham on the 15th, apart from not being able to participate due to hip injury treatment, it is being used as a defensive core by coach Pioli. Milan sees Tomori’s transfer fee at around 45 million euros (60.5 billion won).

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