Tottenham are planning a major squad overhaul this summer, and a report in Calciomercato has indicated that the Lilywhites want to sign Fredy Guarin from Serie A outfit Internazionale.
The 28-year-old midfielder, who is a full Colombian international, has played in Italy since 2012, having moved from Porto. He has built a reputation as one of the better midfielders in European football during his time with Inter, although he does seem to have never reached the potential expected of him.
Consistency issues and an apparent attitude problems have prevented him from excelling, and securing a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, despite frequent links of a big-money transfer.
However, this has not put off Spurs, and the report indicates that they want to sign him this summer, along with La Liga club Valencia.
Yet, despite the interest, Inter have placed an asking price on Guarin’s head which neither club are willing to match. It is stated in the report that the Italin outfit want at least £12.8 million for his services, and that will prevent any deal until it is lowered to a more reasonable fee.
Would Guarin be a good signing for Spurs?
The Tottenham midfield is a position currently lacking in depth, as well as top level quality, with only two players seemingly in favour under head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are solid choices, but they lack a drive about them that can turn a game on its head. Guarin possesses this style and ambition, and he would be a strong choice to call upon in the double pivot role.
However, he still has these long-term consistency issues, and Spurs need to sign players who are guaranteed to perform every game, rather than those who will only show up once a month.
For the asking price requested by Inter, Spurs would be wise to look elsewhere for a better midfield target.