Tottenham Transfer News: Mateo Kovacic Bid Reportedly Rejected, Latest Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic, left, with Deportivo's Florin Andone during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid at the Riazor stadium in A Coruna, Spain, Wednesday April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)
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Spanish media report Tottenham Hotspur had a £22 million offer for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic turned down, while young defender Juan Foyth could become the team's first summer signing by the end of this week.

According to AS (h/t The Sun's Gary Stonehouse), Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino tested Real's resolve with an offer for Kovacic following Dani Ceballos' move to the Spanish capital.

The Croatia international wasn't a regular starter for the club last season, and with Ceballos now in the fold, his future with Los Blancos seems murky at best. Scouted Football wondered whether it would push him to the exit door:

The former Inter Milan man, 23, has been known as an excellent prospect for years, but his development has stalled after a promising start with the Nerazzurri. His move to Real came as a shock in 2015, and while he has held his own with the La Liga champions since then, he hasn't done enough to truly stand out.

Los Blancos wouldn't have splashed the cash on Ceballos if they believed Kovacic was ready to take the next step the coming season―with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric manning the central areas and Casemiro growing ever more important, there were few open spots to begin with.

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Spurs have been patient this summer, but with Kyle Walker moving to Manchester City, they have plenty of cash to spend. In Foyth, they could reportedly add an immediate defensive reinforcement, and per Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, they could do so before the end of the week.

According to the report, the 19-year-old defender would cost the club £8 million. Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe took a look at the youngster, and he came away impressed by his confidence and ability with the ball:

"The hallmarks of Foyth's game are his actions with the ball at his feet. He is ludicrously confident, looking like someone straight out of Barcelona's La Masia complex, embarking on dribbles out of his defensive line and into midfield seemingly at least five times per game. He can shift the ball from foot to foot to evade pressing and shuttle forward rather impressively."

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Foyth has clear upside, and with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier locked in as the preferred options to play at centre-back, he will have plenty of time to learn and develop.

The proposed fee of £8 million is steep for a youngster with limited senior experience, but compared to what some Premier League clubs have spent this summer, Spurs won't complain too much.

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