Unsurprisingly, Tottenham Hotspur are not the only European giant keen on Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Jonathan Tah.
The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting young defenders on the continent, and his form for a rejuvenated Leverkusen this season has led to suggestions that he could force his way into Joachim Low’s squad for the World Cup this summer.
According to the Mirror, Spurs are plotting a move to bring Tah to North London, although he will cost a hefty £35 million having only recently signed a new contract until 2023.
Although if EL Gol Digital is to be believed, Barcelona have also been tracking the former Hamburg defender whose composure on the ball and excellent reading of the game ticks plenty of boxes for the Catalan giants.
But the report adds that Barca will instead leave Spurs free to sign Tah this summer. This is far from an act of random generosity, however. El Gol Digital claims Barcelona are hoping that Tah’s move to Tottenham would allow Toby Alderweireld (a player they would love to see at the Camp Nou) to depart.
Alderweireld’s future has been heavily discussed recently with the Times going as far as to say that Spurs are prepared to cash in on a player whose contract expires in 2019 with no movement on a new deal.
El Gol Digital claims that Tottenham would demand about £35 million for Alderweireld; coincidentally the same fee they will have to pay for Tah.