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Fresh Hincapie fee claim emerges in twist to Tottenham, Lenglet situation as AC Milan all-but back out

Piero Hincapie, Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen February 2022

Tottenham may have an almost free run at a Piero Hincapie transfer, but the Bayer Leverkusen centre-back may yet reportedly stay put.

Spurs are going after a new centre-back to get another key signing ticked off their summer wish list. They started the window by looking at Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni, but his price tag looks too restrictive.

Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet appears to be the current frontrunner to join Antonio Conte’s Tottenham ranks.

However, Leverkusen’s Hincapie has emerged as an alternative for Tottenham.

Spurs are supposedly considering a €40million (£34million) offer for the Ecuador international. However, Leverkusen director of sport, Simon Rolfes, insisted that he is “very happy” Hincapie has a “long contract”.

According to the latest from Calciomercato, though, Hincapie – whose deal only runs out in 2026 – is available this summer for between €25million and €30million.

That has all-but ruled AC Milan out of the transfer hunt because the valuation is too high for Rossoneri bosses.

They are instead looking at the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Abdou Diallo as a centre-back signing. Indeed, Milan lost out on former Lille defender Sven Botman, who has gone to Newcastle. Meanwhile, Alessio Romagnoli has departed Milan following the expiry of his contract.

The reported maximum €30million (£25.8million) valuation could be music to Tottenham’s ears as they seek a centre-back signing.

They themselves backed out of the hunt for Bastoni because of his reported £51million fee.

Tottenham face Hincapie transfer hurdle

Piero Hincapie playing for Bayer Leverkusen

Nevertheless, while the price tag and Milan all-but ending their interest could boost Tottenham, they still have a significant hurdle to cross to sign Hincapie.

Calciomercato adds in its report that the 20-year-old extending his contract seems the most likely outcome this summer.

Last season was only Hincapie‘s first outside of South America and also his first in a major European league.

But he flourished, playing 27 of 34 Bundesliga games to help Leverkusen secure a third-placed Bundesliga finish and Champions League football for next season.

The fact that Hincapie can now lead his side into Europe’s premier competition is a major boost for him staying in Germany.

Spurs target on exciting trajectory

Hincapie would be a solid option for Tottenham as a back-up centre-back signing. But while he has had one year of senior football in Europe, a step up to a top-four Premier League top-four battle may be too soon.

He should instead give it at least one more season with Leverkusen and see how he fares.

Hincapie will get his first taste of Champions League football next term. That may only increase his stock and value heading into the January transfer window.

Hincapie heading to Spurs?

Antonio Conte is continuing his rebuild at Tottenham, now targeting a 20-year-old centre back from Bayer Leverkusen.

And if Leverkusen make the knock-out stages and maintain their top-four Bundesliga hopes, their star centre-back will no doubt be at the heart of it all.

At only 20 years of age, Hincapie has time to develop. He should put full focus into next season with Leverkusen.

A new contract may be a reward for his progress. However, it would also massively protect – if not increase – his value heading into upcoming transfer windows.