So far this summer, Tottenham have been keeping their powder dry in the transfer market, preferring instead to concentrate on securing the long-term futures of key individuals such as Harry Kane and manager Mauricio Pochettino.
That will need to change if they are to take the next step in their development from challengers to winners, however, with the North London outfit seemingly just one or two quality additions away from becoming a real force.
According to recent media reports, one player of interest to Spurs is Adrien Rabiot, with the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder potentially looking for a change of scenery after controversially missing out on his country’s World Cup squad.
The 23-year-old’s refusal to be named on Didier Deschamps’ standby list for this summer’s finals in Russia has tarnished his reputation in France, whilst the need to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations could force PSG to sell:
|Paris Saint-Germain||Tottenham Hotspur|
|MID 23Y 2M 6FT 2IN||MID 30Y 10M 5FT 10IN|
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
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Although very different in style to Mousa Dembele, the continual rumours linking the Belgian international with a switch to Serie A suggest that Rabiot would be brought in as a direct, and slightly more attack-minded, replacement.
A cultured, box-to-box, ball-playing midfielder, the 23-year-old featured in 33 of a possible 38 Ligue 1 matches for the French champions last season, and he now appears ready to take the next step in his development by moving abroad:
|CLUB Paris Saint-Germain||AGE 23Y 2M|
|POS MID||HEIGHT 6FT 2IN|
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Mins per goal for
Mins per goal against
Shots for per game
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Were he to join Tottenham, then the highly-talented youngster would likely find himself operating alongside of Eric Dier in the midfield engine room, thus giving Spurs a well-balanced partnership that could serve them with distinction for years to come.
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