Bayer Leverkusen have responded to the idea of Tottenham Hotspur making a €40m offer for their centre-back Piero Hincapie.
Tottenham are looking to sign a new defender this summer, preferably a left-footer. Hincapie is on their radar, according to reports, since he fits the criteria they are looking for. And at the age of 20, he would be a good investment for the future.
The prospect of a £34m deal has been suggested. At the time, it was claimed that Leverkusen are expecting to receive bids this summer for Hincapie, who only joined them last August.
But now, Kicker have discovered that Tottenham may have their work cut out if they want to sign the Ecuador international.
On the prospect of a €40m bid from Spurs, they asked Leverkusen’s director of sport, Simon Rolfes, about the Bundesliga club’s stance.
After admitting any decision would not solely be up to him, Rolfes replied: “Basically, one thing is clear. Piero has a long contract, he is a young player who is already constantly offering the highest level.
“We are very happy that he is here.”
Hincapie is under contract with Leverkusen until 2026 after the arrangement he agreed to last summer. He proceeded to make 33 appearances in all competitions during his debut season with them.
It appears Leverkusen are keen for him to extend his tallies, despite the prospect of making a quick profit.
In turn, Tottenham will likely keep him on their radar, while exploring other targets as well. For example, they have been linked with the likes of Josko Gvardiol, Clement Lenglet and Gleison Bremer.
Hincapie someone Spurs should keep monitoring
Although Rolfes’ comments indicate Leverkusen would not part with Hincapie easily, Tottenham would be wise to continue keeping tabs on him.
At the age of 20, he has plenty of time to develop into an even better player. He will be earning a good grounding in European football.
Hincapie heading to Spurs?
Antonio Conte is continuing his rebuild at Tottenham, now targeting a 20-year-old centre back from Bayer Leverkusen.
A need for Tottenham to find a left-footed centre-back is evident. At present, they mainly rely on Ben Davies there, despite him naturally being a full-back.
Therefore, it may suit Spurs to find a more natural profile there. If it won’t be Hincapie this summer, perhaps it will be someone else.
But future planning will always be important. So it wouldn’t be too surprising to see such links continue.