Tottenham may have to pay £20.9m and £2.5m-a-year wages to sign ‘declining’ 28 y/o

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Tottenham Hotspur are seventh in the Premier League on points (42), ninth in the league for average possession per game (51.2%), ninth in the league for shots per game (12.5) and sixth in the league for most accurate shot passes (9645), so it’s clear they need a player who can retain the ball and create chances.

Giovani Lo Celso may have been loaned out to Villarreal, Moussa Sissoko may have been sold to Watford and Tanguy Ndombélé may have been loaned out to Olympique Lyonnais, but Antonio Conte isn’t short of central midfielders with Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, and new-boy Rodrigo Bentancur at his disposal.

Roma Today say Spurs are looking to bolster their options in the engine room, however, and have their sights set on Jordan Veretout. The 28-year-old has fallen out of favour at AS Roma and could be sold this summer after ‘declining’. He’s played in 25 of their 26 Serie A games this season but came off the bench in four of his last five appearances.

Veretout, who has contributed 11 goals from 22 league starts in 2021/22, has a pass completion of 88.4% while creating 47 chances, making 10/14 successful dribbles and averaging a tackle (27) or interception (21) every 40 minutes, so he’s showcasing some of the attributes Spurs may be looking for in a midfielder.

Roma Today say Veretout was initially a regular under Jose Mourinho but has since been dropped for Sergio Oliveira after struggling for consistency. The French international still has two-and-a-half years on his deal at the Stadio Olimpico, but Roma are ‘ready to listen to offers’.

Veretout has an asking price of €25m (£20.9m) and earns €3m-a-year (£2.5m-a-year) in wages, so he wouldn’t break the bank if Tottenham did make a move.

Summary

Given how many midfielders Conte has, it’s more likely he’ll offload one or two players this summer rather than bring another in. Veretout has been substituted 14 times in his 25 league appearances this season too, so his performances clearly aren’t close to the level they should be.

That might be food for thought for Tottenham.