Tottenham Hotspur set for £64m defensive upgrade after striking deal: report

Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing improvement at the back with big money to be spent in defence this summer

Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou press conference at Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground on July 10, 2023 in London, England.

Ange Postecoglou, the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, has made bold pronouncements about his goal to improve the defense.

Dejan Kulusevski and Cristian Romero have both joined on a permanent basis, and the newly appointed Australian has wasted no time in attempting to improve a team that placed ninth in the previous season. Manor Soloman has agreed to a free transfer, while James Maddison has signed for almost £40 million.

Postecoglou wants to strengthen Tottenham’s defensive position and has two moves in the works to do so. However, players like Japhet Tanganga and Davinson Sanchez are rumored to be close to leaving the club.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Davinson Sanchez during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 15, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Davinson Sanchez could be on the way out (Image credit: Stephanie Meek – 

Football Insider reports that personal terms have been reached with Micky van de Ven, who is valued at £30 million, and that Spurs made Wolfsburg their first offer of £25 million.

Tottenham, though, is moving for another Bundesliga standout in Edmund Tapsoba, as Sport BILD through Sport Witness, not happy with one defensive boost. The Burkinabe reportedly costs £34 million.

Many of Tottenham’s defensive choices are better suited to a back three because Antonio Conte has preferred a 3-4-3 during the past 18 months. However, Postecoglou favors a 4-3-3 and might possibly search for inverted full-backs.

Van de Ven, however, is a pacy centre-back – and possibly allows the Australian to play with a high defensive line, given that they would have greater recovery pace in the backline.

Micky van de Ven of Holland U21 during the EURO U21 match between Holland U21 v Georgia U21 at the Dynamo Arena on June 27, 2023 in Tbilisi Georgia

Micky van de Ven is top of Tottenham’s list of defensive targets

Van de Ven and Tapsoba are both valued by Transfermarkt to be worth €30m.

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