While the debate surrounds star player Harry Kane’s future rumbles on, Spurs have been quietly going about their business in the summer transfer window. Chairman Daniel Levy has made his stance clear on Kane; pricing him at £160 million in an attempt to put likely suitors Manchester City off.
Despite this, it has not stopped Levy from backing new manager Nuno Espirito Santo in the transfer window. Already Spurs have signed exciting 20-year-old Sevilla winger Bryan Gil with Erik Lamela going the other way, centre back sensation Cristian Romero and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on loan, both from Atlanta.
Should Spurs be able to keep Kane and add Vlahovic, it would really be a statement of intent by the north London club, when you consider that they also have the prolific Son Heung-Min as part of their attack as well.
Reportedly, Spurs will have to part with £50 million if they are focused on landing the 21-year-old, who scored 21 goals in 37 Serie A appearances last season for the Florence club, while fierce rivals Arsenal, as well as Atletico Madrid, have also expressed an interest.
Who else do Spurs have their eye on?
The club has been linked with a host of players over the last few weeks, and after hiring Director of Football Fabio Paritici, some rumours refuse to go away. It is understood that two targets have been identified in central midfield, with Sporting Lisbon’s Palinha on the radar, as well as Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria.
While these are likely to be the most realistic, in addition to Vlahovic, there are vague reports of links to Sampdoria’s Danish star Mikkel Damsgaard in the creative midfield role, though are likely to face fierce competition from ex-boss Jose Mourinho who is now in charge at Roma.
It is also understood that Spurs are lining up a bid for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, though Aston Villa are said to be monitoring the situation, while a move for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho is only likely to materialise should Kane move on.
Reports of Espirito Santo being interested in winger Adama Traore, who he managed at former club Wolves persist, however, it is understood that this is not a priority.
A former Press Association Sports Journalist (NCTJ – National Council for the Training of Journalists), now based in Lisbon, Matt also has over a decade of experience working with the top operator brands. These include Coral, BetVictor, and numerous others, having held a number of senior positions and still retains strong industry relationships. He enjoys reading, writing, travelling, all things business, sport, meeting new people, learning new things and also holds football coaching qualifications.