According to Il Romanista, Tottenham Hotspur is preparing a January move for AS Roma star Bryan Cristante.
According to the report, Spurs are planning to make some major moves during the January transfer window in order to provide Ange Postecoglou with an opportunity to build on the team’s stellar start to the season.
It is said that the Lilywhites have their sights set on Cristante because they believe he is a “perfect fit” for the Australian 4-2-3-1 system.
Tottenham are keen on Bryan Cristante from Roma
The Serie A team views the seasoned midfielder as a “fulcrum” and considers him “irreplaceable,” according to the outlet. Jose Mourinho is reportedly “desperate” to hold onto the player.
Although the Giallorossi would prefer to keep Cristante in the middle of the season, rumors have it that their owners would be powerless to turn down any bid exceeding €30 million (£26 million) for the Italy international.
The player himself might be persuaded to transfer to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, according to the report, considering the pay boost he would receive in North London.
Cristante would be a good backup option and less expensive than some of the other midfield players Tottenham has been linked to, so he would be a suitable replacement for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Alasdair Gold thinks Spurs may be nervous about one star on international duty
Soccer.Ange Postescoglou, according to London’s Alasdair Gold, will be anxiously observing and hoping Rodrigo Bentancur returns from the international break unscathed.
For the first time since the World Cup last year, Bentancur is back in the Uruguayan lineup. The South American country will play Argentina and Bolivia in qualifiers.
It took the midfielder eight weeks to return to action, and for the first time since he suffered an ACL injury in February, Tottenham has no control over his health or fitness level.
Spurs will hope Uruguay take it easy on Bentancur
Gold notes that although Bentancur, 26, has been pounding on Postecoglou’s door for some time, the Lilywhites have taken extra care with his recuperation.
The reporter continues, stating that the Spurs medical staff has been advising caution because the player hasn’t been subjected to the physical demands of football for the better part of a year.
As Postecoglou’s style and Uruguayan manager Marcelo Bielsa’s high-intensity approach demand a lot of the players, Gold continues, the Spurs manager will be hoping that the 68-year-old realizes that the Tottenham player isn’t quite ready for 90 minutes just yet.
The Tottenham medical team would have communicated with the Uruguayan medical staff to assess Bentanucr’s progress, I’m sure.
But, Bielsa will naturally put his team’s needs first, and with a few pivotal games ahead of him, he may determine that starting Bentancur is a risk worth taking.