Tottenham Hotspur open talks with VFL Wolfsburg’s Micky van de Ven

As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham Hotspur have opened direct talks with VFL Wolfsburg over the transfer of Micky van de Ven.

The left-footed defender is said to be among the top centre-back targets for the London side and a verbal proposal is now to set to be submitted, with the player also keen on the move.

A fee for the 21-year-old has not yet been discussed, but Transfermarkt currently value him at €30m, which is significantly more than the €3.5m the German side purchased him for from Volendam in July 2021. After an underwhelming first season for Die Wölfe, Van de Ven has significantly improved under Croatian manager Niko Kovač over the past year. The Dutchman has predominantly playing on the left side of a back three in defence, the Dutchman has put in several impressive performances and featured in more Bundesliga minutes than any other outfield player in his team.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba also remains an option for The Lilywhites, however the 24-year-old is expected to be more expensive.

Meanwhile, Romano has also reported that a deal with Barcelona over Clément Lenglet is not advancing between the two sides, with Spurs instead prioritizing their other centre-back targets, following the expiration of the Frenchman’s year-long loan deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With the signing of new goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli now confirmed, and the arrival of Leicester City’s James Maddison imminent, Ange Postecologou’s new side are now set to focus their attention on defensive reinforcements as they look to rebuild their squad this summer and improve upon their eighth place Premier League finish last season.

Travis Levison | Get Football

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