What’s the talk?
Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas has revealed that Spurs may walk away from negotiations to sign Djed Spence from Middlesbrough, as they are yet to agree a fee with the Championship club.
Fabio Paratici is now plotting a potential swoop for Lens defender Jonathan Clauss as an alternative target to the England under-21 international.
The reporter tweeted: “Exclusive: # and # remain apart in their valuations of Djed Spence after latest round of talks in London yesterday. Still no agreement and # ready to move on if it can’t be done.”
He then added: “#, of course, have other options they can look at. Interestingly, one of those is the 29yo Jonathan Clauss at #. He was statistically the best performing full-back in France last season acc. to @
Conte would love him
Antonio Conte would love to have Clauss at Spurs next season, as he is an attack-minded defender who can make a big impact in the final third.
Journalist Sam Tabuteau recently claimed that the 29-year-old has been “the name on everyone’s lips” of late, while Zach Lowy dubbed him “one of the best” wing-backs in Ligue 1, having been named in the division’s Team of the Season in each of the last two years.
His statistics in the French top flight are certainly impressive and indicate that he has the potential to be an excellent addition to Tottenham’s squad. In the 2021/22 campaign, he produced five goals and 11 assists as he averaged a phenomenal SofaScore rating of 7.38.
Along with his contributions at the top of the pitch, Clauss made an eye-catching 3.7 tackles and interceptions per match last term. He has the quality and fitness to get up and down the flank and make key contributions both defensively and offensively.
These statistics suggest that Clauss – who is eight years older than the Middlesbrough gem – would be the better option at both ends of the pitch. Therefore, Conte would surely love to have him in his squad next term and will be hoping that a deal can be reached in the coming weeks.