On Tuesday, Tottenham Hotspur were linked, by tuttomercatoweb, with a summer move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. It is almost a certainty that the Argentine winger will leave the French capital at the end of the season, but it is still very unclear where his future lies.
Liverpool had been linked, by the Express, in the past, but it had seemed like a return to Serie A was on the cards.
PSG, at the start of the transfer window, will only have €55 million to spend due to Financial Fair Play restrictions, so if they want to make a big-money move for any of their high-profile targets, they will either have to include a player in any deal, or sell a few of their high-earners.
Lavezzi fits that bill perfectly, and PSG would accept offers between €12-15 million to get him off the books. The 30-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons. Take away his hat-trick against Lille in April and he has only scored five goals in 18 starts and has just the one assist.
For a player that plays in a creative role, beside Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, you would expect much more for your money.
Spurs fans were unsure of the news when it broke, and with good reason. The club is in a difficult position. Mauricio Pochettino will want to bring players in this summer, but they have to be at a level where they can still improve the team’s overall quality.
Unless Pochettino was going to sell one of Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela or Andros Townsend, there is no benefit in signing Lavezzi. The veteran Argentina international still has pace, he plays a direct style and boasts a physique that would suit the Premier League, but it would only work if you didn’t already have the players in place.
Even if any of those players did leave, you are only getting an equal replacement at best. You are in no way signing a player that will take you to the next level.