Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly on the verge of signing Adrien Rabiot on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, but the mooted move has prompted a lot of debate among Spurs supporters.
With PSG unlikely to sanction the option of a permanent switch next summer, any move for the 19-year-old midfielder would only be a stop-gap, and perhaps not even that given that it will take him time to settle in England.
Tottenham’s head of recruitment Paul Mitchel has reportedly made Rabiot a priority signing, and there is no doubt he is very talented and has out-performed Spurs’ current midfielders in some vital areas already this season. But there is an alternative option that would be a far cannier move for Spurs.
Jordy Clasie is a 23-year-old central midfielder who plays for Dutch side Feyenoord and has previously been linked with a move to White Hart Lane.
In both 2012 and 2013 Tottenham were said to be monitoring a player who is now his club’s captain, and one who has reportedly been earmarked as a replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin if the Frenchman leaves Southampton.
Tottenham could ultimately sign the Saints man given the regular rumour mill reports, but Clasie would be a fantastic option, and certainly a better investment than taking Rabiot on loan for a few months.
Of course Feyenoord are not going to part with him without a fight – if at all – but Tottenham must add some real quality to their midfield and Clasie oozes it.
If Tottenham want to take the next step and challenge among the Premier League elite once more, they need to bid big but also bid well.
A move for Clasie would tick both boxes and it would not be long before the Netherlands international became a fan favourite in North London if he arrived.