Tottenham target swoop for £25m Valencia right-back

Date published: Monday 7th August 2017 7:27

Tottenham have reportedly joined Juventus in the race to sign Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo this summer.

Juve have been strongly tipped to land the 23-year-old, as they continue to search for a replacement for Dani Alves, are are said to be prepared to cough up £25million to land the player.

However, the Daily Mail claims that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has now entered the race for Cancelo, who represented Portugal at this summer’s Under-21 European Championships.

Cancelo is said to be keen on a move away from Valencia and Spurs sent scouts to watch the player in action for Portugal’s U-21’s in June.

Tottenham are currently sweating on the fitness of first-choice right-back Kieran Trippier ahead of their Premier League opener against Newcastle on Sunday, after the England defender suffered an ankle injury in the friendly win over Juventus on Saturday.

If Trippier has suffered significant damage then Pochettino will be left with youngster Kyle Walker-Peters as his only recognised right-back, although Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld could fill in there if required.

Tottenham remain the only Premier League team yet to make a signing this summer, although Pochettino has claimed that some deals are in the pipeline, and Cancelo could well be one of those.

The north London club also remain keen on Everton star Ross Barkley and are still said to be interested in Burnley hitman Andre Gray as another attacking option.

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