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Tottenham Eyeing Laporte: A Defensive Boost for Postecoglou Reign

Jude Soonsup-Bell

Tottenham Hotspur is off to an impressive start under the management of Ange Postecoglou, securing five permanent signings this summer. The Australian coach shows no signs of slowing down, instilling a renewed sense of belief in North London. While Postecoglou has shown promise, his mission to create a longstanding dynasty requires further reinforcements, particularly in the defense. A key target that could address their defensive frailties is Aymeric Laporte, whose potential departure from Manchester City has sparked interest from Spurs.

A Top-notch Defender for Tottenham: The Jan Vertonghen Comparison

The spotlight shines on Aymeric Laporte, who could become Tottenham’s defensive stalwart. The Spanish international, a mainstay in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, experienced a slight dip in playing time last season. Nonetheless, Laporte’s quality remained evident as he showcased some of his best football in the Premier League, earning an impressive 7.12 average rating. His technical prowess, with a 95% pass accuracy, one tackle, and 1.8 clearances per game, make him an invaluable asset.

Aymeric Laporte’s attributes bear a striking resemblance to former Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen, who thrived under Mauricio Pochettino’s tutelage. Vertonghen, like Laporte, stood tall at 6 feet 2 inches and possessed exceptional technical proficiency. After joining Tottenham in 2012, Vertonghen’s career soared under Pochettino’s guidance, making him one of the league’s outstanding central defenders. His commanding presence, with an impressive 7.31 average match rating, solidified Tottenham’s defense during the 2016/17 season.

Plenty of Suitors for Laporte’s Signature

Aymeric Laporte’s future at Manchester City remains uncertain, with Athletic Bilbao showing keen interest in bringing him back to his boyhood club. Despite losing his starting spot and minimal game time in the Champions League knockout stages, Laporte is open to departing City. Athletic Bilbao’s approach could facilitate a reunion, provided financial negotiations align with the player’s willingness to return. Laporte’s experience under Guardiola could boost Athletic Bilbao’s European ambitions, adding strength to their defensive lineup.

In other light, Saudi Pro League club Al Ahli has expressed interest in both Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City. Laporte’s limited appearances last season have raised speculations about his potential exit. Aston Villa and Barcelona are also linked to the Spanish defender. The lucrative Saudi Arabian league could be a viable destination, given the consid interest shown by Al Ahli.

Man City’s Pursuit of Josko Gvardiol

Meanwhile, Manchester City remains relentless in their pursuit of RB Leipzig’s 21-year-old center-back, Josko Gvardiol. Pep Guardiola has prioritized the addition of a new center-back, recognizing Gvardiol as one of Europe’s most promising young defenders. The Croatian’s €100m (£86m) price tag could make him the world’s most expensive defender, highlighting Manchester City’s commitment to strengthen their squad.

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