Extremely exciting developments came flooding out of North London yesterday as it has been reported that Tottenham Hotspur have made a formal bid for Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. If this proves conclusive, this will be Spurs’ first transfer move in the summer window and by gosh, it is a bold one.
Spurs have expressed interest in the 18-year-old wonder-kid since the start of the year, and have most certainly monitored his progress since he played for the Dutch national team against England in a friendly match in March.
His raw talents and young age have attracted the top teams from around Europe. Serie A giants Juventus joined the hoard of clubs looking to sign the youngster, however, it is reported that Spurs have totally blown the Italian bid out of the water as the North London club look keen to state their case.
Matthijs ‘Matta’ de Ligt! 🚧🗿
How many ❤️ for our number #4?! pic.twitter.com/qXJoGS3by9
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) June 4, 2018
Tutto Mercatto, a verified Italian sports media outlet, have announced that Spurs have priced Juventus out with a reported bid of €55 million (£48 Million) despite the defender taking a guided tour around the Juventus Stadium. If this deal goes through, at the price that has been outlined here, this will make de Ligt Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing.
Currently, the highest recorded fee that Spurs have splashed out for any player in their history is former Ajax centre-back, Davinson Sanchez – who signed on for a fee of approximately £42 million. Sanchez himself is 21. If Spurs managed to develop the pre-existing partnership between these two, provide experience, and unlock the potential which both players have shown in their respective leagues this season, then we could be looking at a terrifying defence in four or five years’ time. Jan Vertonghen, who was arguably one of the stars of this season, is now 31. He may have a couple more great seasons in him which would give de Ligt the opportunity to develop under the esteemed training of goalkeeper coach Toni Jiminez. De Ligt has commented on the speculation over his future and stated that;
“My dream has always been to play for Ajax and now I have achieved that, I have to decide what is best for my career. To play at high levels, we will decide and make the best choice”
Daniel Levy has taken Pochettino’s call to ‘be brave’ on board
Mauricio Pochettino has been on a wild ride himself since the end of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. Pochettino signed a contract a few weeks ago prior to Zinedine Zidane resigning at Real Madrid. Pochettino, after some less than certain words, finally expressed his commitment to Spurs via Spanish media outlets from his home in Barcelona. However, the uncertainty that still surrounded the situation, even after Poch put pen to paper, must have sent a chill down the spine of Levy as he realised the future of the club lies with his manager.
— Toby Alderweireld (@AlderweireldTob) June 4, 2018
A record signing bid for an 18-year-old defender is a pretty bold move. Spurs are chasing Anthony Martial from France, as well as looking to offload the unhappy Toby Alderweireld. Despite the rising costs of the brand new stadium, Daniel Levy is showing his intent that he is willing to do what he can, financially, and in support of his Argentine manager, to not only progress the club from a business perspective, but also to improve the standard of the footballers within the squad.
All in all, I feel Spurs fans across the world should be pleased with how the hiatus between seasons has gone for their club so far. They’ve secured a five deal with a manager of whom Real Madrid were desperate to sign; Levy has shown that he is willing to throw down the big bucks to take Tottenham to the next level; their top player is the captain of England for the 2018 World Cup and they get closer every day to moving into a stadium that stands to be incomparable in the UK. It’s safe to say, it’s a great time to support Spurs.