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Tottenham Hotspur Inching Closer Towards Sealing Deal For Serie A Defender: Good Move For Spurs?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Calcio Napoli (translated by Football.London), Tottenham Hotspur are inching closer towards sealing a move for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen during this summer transfer period.

The same source has also claimed that Spurs are not willing to pay his asking price which is reported to be around €40m and will face stiff competition from the likes of Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Real Madrid in pursuit of the Serie A centre-half.

The Rapid Rise Of Joachim Anderson

The Danish defensive ace has enjoyed a strong campaign with Sampdoria after putting in some commanding displays at the back during this campaign. The 22-year-old has featured in 32 league matches for the Italian side this term, making 1.3 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game thus far (Stats taken from Whoscored). The Frederiksberg born talent has also represented his country at various youth levels and could be in line to become a key member for the Danish national team in the coming years.

His incredible defensive contributions have helped Sampdoria steer clear of the relegation zone and climb to the 9th place of the league standings. Hence, Mauricio Pochettino’s side could benefit from acquiring his services ahead of the new campaign.

What Will The Dane Add To Pochettino’s Team?

The Danish youngster is versatile enough to operate in multiple positions across the pitch. He primarily plays as a centre-half but is equally capable of working in a deep-lying holding midfield role at the centre of the park.

Anderson is a dominating presence inside his own box and can make timely interceptions for his team at the back. He remains calm under pressure and is also very useful in 1v1 situations. However, the Danish talent can sometimes lack the pace and does not have the ball-playing ability required to play for a big European club like Tottenham.

Is It A Good Move For Spurs?

Hence, it could be a risky move for the North London outfit if they decide to recruit Anderson in this off-season. Pochettino might be better of going for more proven alternatives rather than take a chance on an unknown Serie A prospect. However, it is worth noting that the Spurs boss has a knack for finding promising players on the cheap and so if he is convinced about Anderson, then Tottenham should undoubtedly snap him up at the end of this campaign.

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