Report: Why Tottenham may struggle to land Valencia pair

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Spurs are reportedly eyeing moves for two key Valencia players.

According to a recent report in the Daily Star, amongst other media outlets, Tottenham Hotspur have taken a keen interest in Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli and centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, but would they be successful with any summer approach?

A number of leading Valencia players have clearly caught the eye this season in La Liga, with the team currently riding high in third position, leading to inevitable links with their players and a variety Premier League clubs.

However, this isn't the debt riddled Valencia of old. This is a Valencia backed with the millions of Singapore tycoon, Peter Lim, who notably has Portuguese super-agent, Jorge Mendez, playing an important advisory role, providing detailed advice on player dealings.

As such, whilst there are many talented players at Valencia attracting a wealth of interest, this is now a club building to compete regularly in the Champions League, that may also soon be able to compete financially with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

So what are the chances of Tottenham landing either or both players?

Sofiane Feghouli

The Algerian international is an idol for his national side, but this season with Valencia his weight in the team has reduced somewhat. A guaranteed starting 11 player for the previous two seasons, the 2014-15 campaign in La Liga has seen fewer starting opportunities, with only 11 starts in 23 games.

Valencia manager Nuno Espirito Santo has a wealth of options he can use on the right flank, where Feghouli has played all his games this season. The 25-year-old has had to battle for starts with Rodrigo Moreno and Rodrigo De Paul, two important signings over the last 12 months, along with the always promising Carles Gil.

Tottenham being able to make a successful approach this summer will depend on a couple of factors. Valencia are keen to make Rodrigo Moreno's move from Benfica permanent, but there's still plenty of haggling to be done. If that deal is completed, Feghouli is the most likely candidate to leave the Mestalla.

Though Valencia aren't exactly short of cash these days, Peter Lim is a shrewd businessman. He'll view Feghouli as an asset that can offset the proposed spend on Moreno. A fee of around the £8 million mark might be enough, given the Algerian has a year left on his current contract.

Shkodran Mustafi

The 22-year-old World Cup winner was a shrewd capture by Valencia, and he has worked out as quite a bargain for the €8 million fee the club paid to Sampdoria, who in turn made a healthy profit after landing him on a free transfer from Everton in 2012.

Since his arrival at the Mestalla, Mustafi has forged a superb central defensive partnership with another player coveted by Premier League clubs, Argentine stopper Nicolas Otamendi, who has been linked repeatedly with Manchester United.

Given his youth and blossoming talent, plus his excellent work alongside Otamendi, it's hard to imagine Valencia will be willing to consider any offers whatsoever for Mustafi, who they have locked down on a five-year deal.

If Tottenham are to have any chance of getting Mustafi, they'll also have to compete with reported interest from Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid. In terms of valuation and only if the player indicated a desire to move elsewhere, it's hard to see him going for less than £20 million.

The Verdict

Tottenham moving for Musfafi is likely to be a mission impossible, although there's a good chance they could lure Feghouli away from the Mestalla, if his chance of regular starts continue to decline, between now and the summer.

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