According to Turkish website Takvim, Tottenham Hotspur have shown a real interest in signing Galatasaray player Victor Nelsson this summer.
Spurs appear to have chosen to repair their porous defense by signing a new center-back this summer, after struggling with it this season.
They have been linked with a number of defenders in recent months, including Bremer, Piero Hincapié, and Alessandro Bastoni. Nelsson, on the other hand, is now emerging as a major target.
According to the report by Takvim, Nelsson is keen on taking the next step in his career and Galatasaray are open to letting him leave if his potential suitors such as Tottenham decide to trigger his £22m[€25m] release clause.
The report further claims that Tottenham have been showing the ‘most serious’ interest in signing the 24-year-old so, the Lillywhites could opt to make a summer swoop for him to bolster their defence.
According to the Takvim daily, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Galatasaray defender Victor Nelsson, who impressed the Premier League club with his “fighting spirit” and “pace.”
The 24-year-old Danish international was instrumental in Galatasaray winning the Turkish Super Lig title last season, appearing in 32 games across all competitions.
The Yellow-Reds have stated unequivocally that they will not accept offers less than the release clause sum.
Galatasaray are interested in signing Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu to replace Nelsson.
For several months, the 24-year-old Ghanaian international has been linked with a move to Galatasaray.
Salisu has made 28 appearances for Southampton this season in all competitions.
According to the source, the defender is worth roughly €18 million, but Galatasaray are hopeful that with Southampton relegated to the Championship, they will be able to clinch a deal.
Galatasaray were crowned Super Lig winners for the 23rd time Wednesday, securing a berth in the winners League.
Nelsson to Tottenham
However, Takvim says that purchasing Nelsson won’t be straightforward for the North London club as Sevilla have also been eyeing a move for him.
But, the report states that the Premier League would be a more suitable destination for Nelsson due to his ‘warrior identity and quickness’. So, joining Tottenham would be a better move for the defender over Sevilla if he leaves Galatasaray during the off-season.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a promising campaign in the Turkish top-flight this term, keeping 15 clean-sheets in 33 league appearances, playing a key role in Galatasaray’s Super Lig triumph.
So, it appears the Danmark international’s eye-catching performances for Cimbom have attracted the attention of a few clubs around Europe, including Tottenham.
Nelsson, standing at 6ft 1in tall, is quick, strong, good in the air, comfortable playing out from the back and also excellent in defensive contributions. He is a talented player and possesses high potential so he could be a shrewd signing for Tottenham should they manage to lure him to the newly renovated White Hart Lane this summer.
However, it is going to be interesting to see whether Tottenham decide to make a concrete approach to sign Nelsson if the defender eventually ends up leaving Galatasaray in the upcoming transfer window.