Date: 20th July 2019 at 10:16am
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With Kieran Trippier joining Atletico Madrid, Tottenham may need a replacement right-back. Paul Brown of the Daily Star says Spurs are looking at Elseid Hysaj and may be able to sign the SSC Napoli defender for cheap this summer.

Marca say Hysaj could be available for £13.5m and would likely demand around £1.44m-a-year/£27.6k-per-week in wages. The 25-year-old has made 170 appearances in all competitions since joining Napoli from FC Empoli, but he lost his place in the side after March and may have an uncertain future.

Hysaj was an unused substitute in six of Napoli’s last 12 Serie A games of the season, starting only five under Carlo Ancelotti. The Albanian international can play at left-back and right-back so he’d bring versatility to the Tottenham backline.

In Serie A, he made 27 appearances, made two assists, created 15 chances, averaged 58 passes-per-game with 86% accuracy, made 18 successful dribbles (55%), blocked 19 shots/passes/crosses, made 44 clearances, won 29 aerial duels (55%), whipped in 31 crosses with 16% accuracy and averaged a tackle (40) or interception (24) every 33 minutes.

It’s worth noting that no official bid has been made from Spurs, however. Previous reports have even suggested Mauricio Pochettino could stick with Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back next season too, so time will tell if anything comes from this rumour.

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