If there’s one position Tottenham Hotspur do not need to strengthen this summer, its left back.
Since Mauricio Pochettino took over in 2014, Danny Rose has evolved into one of the best in the world, let alone the Premier League. And, in Welsh international Ben Davies, Spurs have a solid if hardly spectacular understudy option.
Yet, that will not stop supporters wondering what might have been if Yuri Berchiche seals a big-money move to a bonafide European superclub this summer.
According to Marca, Real Sociedad’s all-action left-back is a target for Paris Saint-German boss Unai Emery. Yuri, who enjoyed a superb 2016/17 season and cemented his place in La Real’s starting XI, has a release clause in his contract of £26.5 million.
And though the report adds that such a fee may put PSG off, the retirement of long-serving custodian Maxwell could encourage the Ligue 1 runners-up to make Yuri a priority this summer.
Like former Barcelona and Brazil flyer Maxwell, the 27-year-old is an effervescent attacking outlet on the flanks. He scored three and set up two more in 35 La Liga games last season as Sociedad finished an impressive sixth and shone against Barcelona in a 1-1 draw with Luis Enrique’s side in November.
One that got away?
And it’s a little known fact that one of Spain’s most exciting full-backs had a brief spell at White Hart Lane at the start of a nomadic career. Arriving from Athletic Bilbao’s renowned academy in 2008, Yuri was even named Player of the Tournament as Spurs won the Under-18 Eurofootb competition in Belgium.
However, after failing to make a single appearance in Spurs colours, and even spending a short-term loan at Cheltenham Town, Yuri returned to Spain with Real Union just two years later.
Yuri may have been a late developer but he would have been worth the wait for Spurs.
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