Paper Talk: Tottenham rev-up interest in £15m Serie A centre-back

Tottenham are monitoring a Serie A centre-back ahead of a potential January bid, while Man Utd face rivals to sign a Bundesliga defensive midfielder, according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.


Tottenham are reportedly monitoring Sassuolo centre-back Gian Marco Ferrari, with a view to making a bid in January.

Jose Mourinho currently has five centre-back options to call on, with Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier his first choice, although the former is currently on the sidelines.

Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon are also on Tottenham’s books, with the latter making his furst Premier League start in the goalless draw with Chelsea.

Rodon performed well at Stamford Bridge, despite a couple of errors that could have led to goals, but is he still inexperienced at top level.

Former record signing Sanchez has struggled with inconsistency, while Tanganga has had his fair share of injury issues.

To that end, sources have told 90min that Mourinho wants to upgrade his options in defence, with a left-footed replacement for Jan Vertonghen eyed.

The report adds that while Daniel Levy is willing to sanction a deal, Spurs do not want to spend more than £15m.

With that budget in mind, the north London side have targeted 28-year-old Ferrari as a potential option.

The defender is currently starring for Serie A surprise package Sassuolo, having played all nine games so far this season.

Ferrari was called up by Italy back in 2018 without playing, but his form this season saw him earn a recall for the November fixtures.

The former Sampdoria star is under contract until 2023 and was linked with Everton, Roma and Napoli last summer.

It is understood that Tottenham’s budget of around £15m would be enough to persuade Sassuolo to sell, with the Italian outfit hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report adds that Spurs also mainatian an interest in South Korean defender Kim Min-jae, although Ferrari  would be considered less of a gamble.

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