The writing was on the wall for Kyle Walker at Tottenham Hotspur. Dropped for a number of crucial fixtures in the final stretch of the season, including the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea, it became clear that the England international had fallen behind Kieran Trippier in the pecking order.
And, in the aftermath of his world-record £53 million move to Manchester City last week, as reported by the Guardian, reports of irreparable differences between Walker and manager Mauricio Pochettino intensified.
Walker lost his place at Spurs
Serge Aurier, the PSG right-back almost certain to leave the Parc des Princes following Dani Alves’ arrival, is the newest and most exciting name in the frame. The Sun claim that Spurs are interested in landing the 24-year-old, who is available for around £25 million.
Yet reports in Portuguese publication Record suggest that there may be another twist in Spurs’ right-back search. The report claims that Benfica identified Hoffenheim flyer Jeremy Toljan as the perfect replacement for Nelson Semedo, the highly-rated Portuguese youngster tasked with replacing Alves at Barcelona.
However, Record adds that they have now dropped their interest because they believe Tottenham are on the verge of signing the 22-year-old, which may suggest that he, rather than Aurier, is the club’s first choice.
Toljan helped Hoffenheim reach the Champions League for the first ever time in 2016/17
Toljan would certainly come cheaper than Aurier, whose £100,000-a-week wages post a threat to Spurs’ infamous pay structure. But that does not mean he is any less exciting.
Toljan shone as Germany won this summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Poland, ripping England to shreds in the semi-final before setting up Mitchell Weiser’s winner in the tournament decider against Spain.