After a very good season for Tottenham Hotspur last season and securing automatic Champions League for only the second time in their history, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is eager to get all business done early so he has as settled squad for pre-season.
Spurs boss said “Now we are in the middle of the summer and it’s very important to start pre-season with all clear, with our squad and the players focused on the start of the season” – We take a look at four deals Spurs are set to complete in the coming weeks.
1 – Milan Badelj
Tottenham are very interested in signing Fiorentina midfield ace Milan Badelj. Spurs are understood to be very keen on bolstering their midfield ahead of the new season as European football beckons and Badelj has been identified as a potential target.
The Croatian international is currently staring at the Euros for Croatia and played 90 minutes in their opening 1-0 victory against Turkey.
Badelj’s agent Dejan Joksimovic has admitted a move to the Premier League would be hard to turn down for the player amid speculation of a Spurs bid.
“The Premier League is always attractive, for all of the players in the world I think,” Joksimovic said.
Tottenham will find it easier to recruit this summer as they can promise incoming players Champions League football, a competition every player wants to be a part of.
Spurs bagged themselves a hefty lump sum of money at the end of season after securing European football and also a large sum from the new English TV rights. Badelj would certainly not break their bank as they will only have to pay a fee of around £12 million to secure his services.
The defensive midfielder is no stranger to European football having appeared 31 times for Dinamo Zagreb before leaving them for Hamburg in 2012. Badelj has made 48 appearances for Fiorentina since 2014 scoring two goals; he has 21 international caps under his belt scoring the one goal.
We take a look at how Badelj compares with Tottenham’s key man in midfield Mousa Dembélé. One of Badelj’s main strengths is interceptions, this has been highlighted as major part of his game and stats prove this after he completed 2.92 interceptions per 90 minutes which is very good for midfielder, Dembélé managed just 2.23. Another strength of Badelj is his tackling, his strong firm tackles has been noted as a real aspect of his game – Dembélé has managed an astonishing 3.34 tackles per 90 minutes which is far more superior to Badelj who manages just 1.35. Standing over 6ft1 proves to be a massive advantage for Badelj as he shows his dominance in the air. Badelj has managed to win 60.71% of his aerial duels compared to Dembélé who manages just 51.72%, this will impress the Spurs boss especially with the physicality of the Premier League.
Badelj has two years remaining on his current contract and his agent has said it is very unlikely his client will sign a new deal. Spurs were in for Southampton’s Victor Wanyama this summer but it seems they have switched targets and Badelj is now their number one target, Tottenham will have a fight on their hands to land the Croatia international with several teams in Italy also after his signature.