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Tottenham set prohibitive price tag after Euro giants make surprise enquiry for squad man

Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga, Tottenham training

Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga has become the latest option under consideration by a European giant aiming to replace an injured star, according to reports.

Japhet Tanganga is a Tottenham academy graduate who has been with the club since the age of nine. He made his senior debut in 2019 and has been among the first-team ever since. However, he remains a fringe player rather than a regular starter.

In each of his first two seasons at senior level, he started six Premier League games. So far this term, he has started eight times in the competition, while also adding one substitute appearance.

But his performances have not been the most consistent. Indeed, in a recent Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea, he had a role in both goals Spurs conceded.

Under contract until 2025, it remains to be seen just how big a role Tanganga will have in Tottenham’s future. They may have to make a decision sooner than expected.

According to Tuttosport (via Football Italia), AC Milan have identified Japhet Tanganga as a possible target for January.

Milan are currently without Simon Kjaer due to a long-term injury. To sustain a title challenge, the Serie A side need to find a replacement, at least for the short-term, this month.

Tanganga has now emerged onto their radar. They are said to have made an enquiry to Tottenham to find out about his availability.

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However, in doing so, they have learned that Spurs want €25m to consider a sale. Furthermore, they would not comply with Milan’s preference of a loan deal.

A glimmer of hope remains that the deal could go through given Tottenham’s interest in Franck Kessie. The Milan midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season.

This is, therefore, the Rossoneri’s last chance to make money on him. In theory, they could use him to tempt Tottenham into letting Tanganga go the other way.

But it is merely a suggestion for now and not necessarily anything concrete. As things stand, Tottenham will have to wait for Kessie, while Tanganga is due to remain at their disposal.

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Franck Kessie of AC Milan warms up during the Serie A 2021/22 football match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium

Besides, a recent report revealed Tottenham may no longer be the prime takers for Kessie. Instead, the Ivory Coast international is now wanted by Real Madrid.

Milan retain hope of convincing Kessie to pen fresh terms. If that quest fails, they do not want to deprive themselves of Kessie for the final six months of his contract while chasing the Serie A crown.

Signing an agreement with an overseas club therefore appears the most likely outcome.

According to Spanish outlet El Nacional, Kessie may be LaLiga-bound.

They report Kessie is now a target for both Barcelona and Real Madrid. But of the two, it is Real that are ramping up proceedings.

The article notes Kessie’s suitability for the Los Blancos midfield with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos both well beyond 30.

Accordingly, Real president, Florentino Perez, has reportedly ‘sent representatives from Madrid to Italy to negotiate.’

If Tottenham are serious about landing the Ivorian, they now have Real Madrid to contend with.

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