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Tottenham Hotspur has started discussions about signing a new winger, according to emerging reports this week …
Which is the word?
Athletic David ornstein claims Spurs have started preliminary talks to sign VfB Stuttgart winger Nicolás González, who was linked with a signing for Premier League rival Leeds United over the summer.
It is claimed that José Mourinho may seek to reinforce his wide areas depending on the club’s departures in this window and, although the 22-year-old does not have a release clause, the Bundesliga team would be looking for a fee in the region of € 30 million (£ 27 million).
Serie A giants Juventus have also had tentative discussions about González.
Would Nicolás González improve Erik Lamela?
Of all the positions you would expect Mourinho to sign this winter, on the attacking flanks he is probably not among the top priorities.
It could spell bad news for one of your current options; most likely Erik Lamela, given his age, profile, and persistent injury problems.
Then rape Government lockdown regulations during the holiday period, the long-time Argentine was once again turned away from the roaming team for his FA Cup showdown with Marine on Sunday.
According to Eurosport’s Dean jones, Andre-Villas Boas’s signature is expendable in this window if a suitable offer comes in, and even Kevin Phillips thinks it’s time to move on, he said. Football Insider: “If there is an opportunity for Mourinho to download it in this window, I think he will.”
In fact, Gonzalez, a fellow South American, would be a suitable replacement, if not an instant upgrade.
After a good season in the German second division, where he scored 14 goals last season, the 22-year-old gem has continued his impressive form despite promotion to the Bundesliga, scoring five and assisting two in just six starts, for Who scored.
It also has a huge average 3.2 shots per game, the fifth best in the division and is entertain than players like Heung-min Son and Gareth Bale; Lamela hasn’t even accomplished that in eight seasons at Spurs, and his best effort is two shots per game in a 2016/17 campaign with injury blows.
The official website of the Bundesliga compared him to the late Diego Maradona as his early career followed a similar path, as did former Real Madrid player Raúl Gonzalez due to its “rhythm, delicacy, intelligent movement and graceful left foot”.
Pellegrino Matarazzo, current Stuttgart manager waxed lyrical about its qualities. He said: “He has many qualities, but what I like the most about him is that he is a winner. He wants to win at all costs. He always gives 100 percent and gets stuck. It is very important for us “.
This sounds like a Mourinho player everywhere and would obviously be a better long-term option than Lamela in the future. If Spurs president Daniel Levy can afford it, then he should absolutely sanction this £ 27 million raid as soon as possible.
And in other news, the £ 27 million ‘leader’ could become the next John Terry de Mourinho …