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Tottenham Hotspur Been Given Another Shot To Sign Inter Midfielder: Should Mourinho Get Him On Board?

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According to a recent report by The Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur have been given another shot to sign Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino this summer. However, the same source has also stated that Spurs will face stiff competition from Everton and Arsenal after both clubs registered their interest in acquiring the Uruguayan talent’s services during the summer transfer period. It is believed that Inter are valuing him around £18m, which makes him an affordable option for Jose Mourinho to consider in this off-season.

Vecino’s Eye-Catching Form In Italy This Season

Vecino has enjoyed another solid season in Italy after producing several mesmerising performances at the heart of Antonio Conte’s midfield. He has registered three goals and one assist in 23 appearances for the Milan giants this term in all competitions. His productivity going forward still has a lot of room for improvement, though.

However, there is no denying his growing influence at both ends of the pitch after he averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 1.5 shots and 0.9 key passes per game in the Serie A and Europe this season. At the same time, the South American sensation can be a bit sloppy with the ball as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 76.5% on all fronts (stats via whoscored).

The 28-year-old has earned 41 senior caps for the Uruguayan national team so far, netting three goals for his country in the process. As long as he can maintain his high standards next season, he should have a decent shot of being named in Óscar Tabárez’s squad for next year’s Copa America following the competition’s postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tottenham Hotspur have been given another shot to sign Vecino who is seen in the picture
Matias Vecino of FC Internazionale looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Friuli on February 2, 2020 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

What Are The Uruguayan International’s Biggest Strengths?

Vecino is a tireless worker as he is not shy about covering a lot of ground at the centre of the park for the benefit of his side. He can do a bit of everything in midfield and does not possess too many weaknesses in his game as such. The Uruguayan is a tough-tackling midfield workhorse who loves to make some well-timed challenges to win possession back and doesn’t mind mopping up the danger at the back by pulling off some vital last-gasp clearances for his team. He can also contribute by scoring a few important goals in the final third, which have enhanced his reputation at the San Siro.

Should Spurs Get Vecino On Board This Summer?

Recruiting a player of Vecino’s strengths could prove to be a shrewd piece of business for Spurs if Jose Mourinho can find a way to lure him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer. He will not only add some bit and steel to the Spurs midfield but also offer more variety at both ends of the field. Furthermore, the Inter star will increase competition for the likes of Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko at North London next season.

With all things considered, Mourinho should think about getting Vecino on board as he will be an ideal utility player in his squad which might help the London outfit compete across all competitions in the years to come. At £18m, he could turn out to be one of the bargains of this summer.

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