If Tottenham Hotspur want to sign a new right-back before the end of the transfer window, they are seriously running low on time.
Football Espana reported earlier this month that they had made a bid for Valencia’s Joao Cancelo, only for the Portuguese international to move to Inter Milan instead.
Therefore, they will be hoping of completing a deal for PSG’s Serge Aurier. The Standard report that a £23 million deal is possible though L’Equipe claimed recently that the Ivory Coast flyer has also been in talks with Juventus.
Consequently, PSV Eindhoven right-back Santiago Arias has emerged as a more realistic, if underwhelming, signing in recent days. The Sun report that Spurs are battling Chelsea and Swansea City for the Colombian, who impressed at the 2014 World Cup.
“The faster it happens, the better. It’s time to leave,” Arias said in quotes reported by De Telegraaf. “I feel strong, learned a lot in the Eredivisie. Now it’s a good time to take a step.”
The report also claims that the 25-year-old is interested in a move to Swansea, where he would likely get more regular game time than in North London or at Stamford Bridge.
Swansea, who unlike Spurs usually field a flat back four, possibly see Arias as competition for Kyle Naughton with 34-year-old Angel Rangel likely to be a bit-part player under Clement. An attacking full-back with plenty of quality in possession, Arias could form a good partnership with Martin Olsson on the opposite flank.