I don’t usually do a transfer roundup-style post — transfer rumors are fun, and usually there’s enough to to one on each one, especially when they start coming thick and fast. But today, two Premier League players ostensibly on Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer window wish-list made the news, so let’s just give a quick update.
First, we know Spurs want to upgrade their fullback options this summer, and reportedly high on their list is Crystal Palace right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has had an excellent season that has put him on the radar of not only Tottenham, but also Manchester United.
But Wan-Bissaka might have tried to close the door on a potential transfer today, saying in the Standard that he sees himself staying at Selhurst Park next season.
“The situation just shows that my performances don’t go unnoticed. But I am with Crystal Palace at the moment. That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season.
”I have got three years left on my contract. It says I am going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now.”
That’s not a definitive no, but it’s not exactly a boilerplate “you never know what the future holds” kind of statement. Interestingly, if Wan-Bissaka is off the board, there are unsubstantiated rumors that United might take a long, hard look at Kieran Trippier this summer. Now wouldn’t THAT be interesting?
A ways further up the pitch, Youri Tielemans has had a pretty outstanding season for Leicester City on loan from Monaco, to the extent that the Foxes are working on trying to secure his signature permanently. However, Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur is now saying that he’s “considering his options” and that Tottenham might still be in the mix for his services.
Youri Tielemans is open for an extended stay at Leicester, but considering his options. Tottenham and Man United are still sniffing around - he’s been on their future target lists for a while. “We will see”, he says. Tielemans was offered to Spurs in January.— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) May 2, 2019
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You may recall that Tielemans was linked to Spurs in the last transfer window, at least nominally. But the one bit I was not aware of is what Terreur says in his tweet — that Spurs were offered Tielemans on loan in January and they turned it down. That’s a bit aggravating in hindsight, considering how desperately Spurs could use another midfielder right now. One can only surmise that the loan was, as it is with Leciester’s loan, without a purchase clause and that was the reason Spurs weren’t interested.
Tielemans would be a pretty solid addition to Spurs’ midfield, though there are certainly lots of moving parts at this stage and a good number of options at his position. He might be more important for Leicester, who have done well in past windows and could use a Tielemans signing as a way to boost themselves into gate-crashing the top four next season.