Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly pursuing Hiroki Sakai.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai – but are concerned about signing a player of his age.
Spurs are in the market for a right back this summer amid questions over the futures of Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier, and it seems that Sakai is a new target.
The 29-year-old has impressed for Marseille since arriving from Hannover in 2016, whilst he also caught the eye with Japan at least summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Sakai is a solid and dependable right back, possessing decent pace, strength and attacking ability, whilst also having the engine to get up and down the right flank.
However, the report notes that Tottenham have concerns already, as they’re not sure about signing a player aged 29, as they’re ideally looking for players under the age of 23.
Spurs have options here though. If both Aurier and Trippier go, Kyle Walker-Peters will be the only right back at the club. Sakai would at least bridge the gap for a season or two if Spurs see Walker-Peters as their long-term first-choice.
Additionally, if Spurs do bring in a right back under the age of 23, landing a proven veteran like Sakai as dependable backup may not be the worst move in the world.
If Sakai wants to be their new first-choice right back, then fans will have the same concerns that Spurs do; that he’s too close to 30 to make a real impact with the club.
As a backup, Sakai isn’t the worst option around, but it’s understandable why Spurs and their fans would be concerned about his age, even if he’s a solid player.
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