Paper Talk: Tottenham, Arsenal in fight for £22.8m left-back

Date published: Tuesday 17th March 2020 8:38

Tottenham and Arsenal are ready to fight for a £22.8million left-back this summer, while Odion Ighalo is happy to take a £6m hit to join Manchester United, according to Tuesday’s Paper Talk.



Arsenal and Tottenham are ready to go head-to-head to sign a highly-rated LaLiga left-back this summer.

According to reports in Tuesday’s English media, via Spanish newspaper La Razon, both clubs are keen on landing Getafe talent Marc Cucurella.

It’s claimed that Getafe will pay €6million (£5.5million) in total to sign Cucurella permanently after an impressive loan spell from Barcelona, but they could sell him straight on.

The left-back will have a €25million (£22.8million) release clause in his contract, but Barcelona will take 40% of the fee if he does move on at the end of the season.

Cucurella is a quick, attack-minded full-back who can also play on the left of midfield, and has racked up five assists so far this term.

Arsenal and Tottenham will face a host of rivals for the player’s signature, however, with Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach, Chelsea, Napoli and Sevilla also said to be keen.

The Gunners did splash out on Kieran Tierney last summer, whilst they have also seen Bukayo Saka emerge in that position, so signing another left-back would be somewhat of a surprise.


That could leave Spurs as favourites to sign the 21-year-old, with Danny Rose expected to be sold this summer and Jose Mourinho unconvinced that Ben Davies is the long-term answer in the position.

Summer signing Ryan Sessegnon is also an option, but there remain doubts over whether the former Fulham star is better employed as a winger rather than a left-back.




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