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Ange Postecoglou set for Serie A test as Tottenham player ‘totally on the sidelines’ now on Italian duo’s radar

Japhet Tanganga, Harry Winks, Ben Davies, Tottenham, November 2020

Defender Japhet Tanganga may be set for a switch to Italy after both AC Milan and Atalanta were linked with a summer move for the Tottenham defender.

The 24-year-old has been with Spurs his entire career, coming up through the youth teams before making his senior debut in September 2019. That was in the EFL Cup and the Hackney-born star did not have to wait too long for his Premier League bow in January 2020. It was one of six top-flight outings in 2019-2020 and he enjoyed the same number the following campaign.

Able to play at centre-back or full-back, Tanganga made 10 league starts the following season.

But he was a virtual spectator last term, with just two Premier League starts and four appearances.

The former England Under-21 star was placed on the bench 28 times and only brought on twice.

Unsurprisingly, a few clubs have been monitoring the situation and it appears as though he has admirers in Italy.

And, back in late Juve, Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Atalanta had shown an interest.

La Dea managed to finish fifth in the Italian top flight, just missing out on the Champions League.

But they will operate in the Europa League and would probably be able to offer Tanganga more game time than he currently enjoys.

Corriere Dello Sport have now had their say, suggesting he is a player ‘totally on the sidelines’.

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And the report adds that a couple of clubs are ‘at the window’, seeking a possible summer deal.

Serie A move makes sense for Tanganga

In addition to Atalanta, AC Milan are said to be watching developments in north London.

I Rossoneri finished fourth and will play in Europe’s elite club competition next season. And it appears as though they are keen to strengthen their rearguard.

Tanganga would represent something of a gamble due to his lack of match action.

But, having played internationally at all age groups, he clearly has the talent to develop into a top-class footballer.

That is unlikely to be at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Ange Postecoglou is looking to move to a back four and so it will be even tougher for the Londoner to force his way in.

It remains to be seen if Spurs do let him leave or whether any other Premier League clubs get involved in the off-season.

But another season on the bench will see the stopper’s career stagnate even further.

Roma have also been linked but the report claims their interest has stayed ‘in the past’.

It is the Atalanta link that seems strongest. They are said to ‘understand’ Tanganga’s situation at Tottenham.

Another plus for any potential suitor is that his price tag should not be too high. It is thought the versatile star would be available for less than £10m.

Postecoglou has secured right-back Pedro Porro on a permanent basis and been linked with other defenders.

Therefore it may be that Tanganga’s days at the club are numbered.

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