This summer promises to be a massive one for Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have already signed Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele, and now there’s talk that football’s most decorated player could follow.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Lilywhites are one of three Premier League sides looking into the signing of free agent Dani Alves after his PSG deal expired back on June 30th.
Alongside Arsenal and Manchester City, Tottenham want to bolster their defence with a move for the Brazilian right-back, and with Alves previously outlining his desire to compete in the Premier League, via an interview in The Telegraph back in November, this one might just have some legs.
The main perk of a deal for Dani Alves is the obvious fact that the legendary Brazilian wouldn’t require a transfer fee. Negotiating the wages is an entirely different problem, but whilst no fee is needed to prise the 36-year-old from PSG, it makes the deal easier to negotiate.
On the pitch, Alves would likely be a massive hit, too. Fresh off the back of winning the Copa America with Brazil, a competition in which he was voted the Player of the Tournament, age doesn’t seem to be catching up with the defender just yet.
After spells in Spain, Italy and France and with previous for wanting a spell in England, a move to Spurs looks like it would suit all parties. Tottenham are in need of improvement at right-back and Alves would certainly provide that.
The Daily Mail recently ran a story claiming that up to eight players have been placed on the transfer list this summer and on that list both Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier, the club’s two senior right-backs, both featured.
Should both of the two find themselves packing their bags this summer and moving on to pastures new, Poch and co. will need to find a new man. Kyle Walker-Peters is available and could make the step up this season, but the club will need two players for the role.
At his age, Alves may struggle to compete across a lengthy English season, especially seeing as Tottenham played 58 competitive games last season, but should he rotate with Walker-Peters, helping the youngster to grow as a player at the same time, he’d be a coy signing.
Last season saw Alves share the right-back role at PSG with Thomas Meunier, making 32 appearances in all competitions whilst Meunier made 31, so the option would certainly be there for him to share the role with the young Kyle Walker-Peters, and it’s an option that looks like a good one.