Dutch international defender Matthijs de Ligt recently completed a big-money move to Bayern Munich.
The 22-year-old was reportedly a target for Tottenham Hotspur before his move to the Bundesliga.
According to Calciomercato, Antonio Conte wanted to sign a top-quality international defender this summer and the Dutchman was ‘the first name’ on his transfer wish list.
Tottenham director Fabio Paratici knew the player well from their time together at Juventus and Spurs ‘really tried’ to bring him to the London club this summer.
The report claims that Tottenham had no intention to pay the reported €70 million asking price for the Dutch international.
However, the German club acted swiftly to secure his services and Tottenham had to settle for Clement Lenglet.
The Frenchman has joined the London club on a loan deal from Barcelona and it will be interesting to see if he can adapt to English football and make an immediate impact for Conte’s side next season.
Tottenham have an exceptional defender in Cristian Romero at their disposal and signing de Ligt would have been the icing on the cake.
The Dutchman is regarded as a world-class talent who has the potential to develop into one of the best defenders in the world.
He could have been a solid long-term acquisition for the Londoners.
Makes you wonder what Levy and Hitchen googled!
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…..but this isn’t happening. Napoli have signed Kim!
We need to sell before we buy. Considering Davies has signed a new deal it looks like Sanchez is the spare part. He would fit well in Italy, especially if Chiriches managed it. Napoli sold Koulibaly so we should throw Sancez in the Bay of Naples and see what happens!
Agree with everyone but I havent given up on a late arrival (I know Bastoni & Gvardiol are out this season) the thought of the Chuckle brothers starting against Bayern/Milan/Madrid scares me.
Now a back 3 of Romero/Skriniar/Lenglet would be very acceptable.
I really tried hard to get my wife that Cartier necklace. Turned out it was too expensive so I went to Claire’s accessories!
…”Spurs ‘really tried’ to bring him to the London club this summer.
The report claims that Tottenham had no intention to pay the reported €70 million asking price for the Dutch international.”
I missed the part detailing where and how Spurs ‘really tried.’
Another top player we tried to sign,but went elsewhere.Where have we heard that story before?
It strikes we that we should really pull out the stops to unload the deadwood.With 6 new players coming in,and all likely to be in the PL and CL squads,we could end up with several high earners sucking on the club’s teet turning out for the U-23s.
Surely Levy is aware of this?