Tottenham Hotspur are more likely to seal a deal for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz than their north London rivals, Daily Express reporter Ryan Taylor tells GIVEMESPORT.
Arsenal have also shown an interest in continuing their exuberant spending spree, although Taylor believes they will not have the financial muscle to get a deal over the line.
Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News – Douglas Luiz
While Spurs look relatively in the middle of the park, losing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Atletico Madrid could mean a return to the market would be on the agenda.
MailOnline have reported that the Madrid side are in talks with Spurs to sign the former Tottenham ace with the Dane hungry for Champions League football.
Should a deal go through, Luiz, valued at £34m by Football Transfers, could be his worthy successor.
The same publication claimed that the Rio de Janeiro-born master, along with Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, has been identified as a possible replacement.
As the start of the 2023/24 campaign approaches, Arsenal are also in contention for a move for Luiz as they look to further strengthen their options ahead of a busy Champions League campaign.
Luiz has established himself as one of the most tenacious midfielders in the Premier League, making 1.2 key passes, 1.1 interceptions and 2 tackles per game, per SofaScore.
Not only would he bring a sense of defensive solidity to either North London side, but he would also bring extensive flying experience with him.
What has Ryan Taylor said about Tottenham Hotspur and Douglas Luiz?
Speaking exclusively to GIVEMESPORT, he said: “I think Tottenham will probably be the most likely suitors for him. Because at the moment I don’t really think Arsenal have the money that Villa would need and obviously Hojbjerg will probably head to Atletico Madrid as well.
“But again, if you’re Douglas Luiz, swap Villa for Tottenham now, I don’t think it’s a clear improvement if that’s the right word. I think Villa will certainly be better, if not competing with Spurs next season.
“So again, I’m not sure if that’s going to be a move that’s going to happen, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Tottenham have seen a number of players join the Ange Postecoglou era, including James Maddison, Guglielmo Vicario and Manor Solomon.
Dejan Kulusevski’s stay in north London was also made a permanent £25m move after enjoying an 18-month loan from January 2022.
The club’s summer, however, seems to revolve around not losing one of the club’s most prized possessions, as life without him does not paint a pretty picture.
Harry Kane, who is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, has been linked with a move, most notably to Bayern Munich. The German club have offered the Englishman a four-year deal to join them this summer, although Daniel Levy’s reluctance to sell may make any sort of deal difficult.
However, according to The Telegraph, Levy has been briefed by club chiefs to their captain in order not to lose him on a free transfer next season.
Postecoglou-born Spurs are without European football next season with all eyes on climbing the domestic table and keeping hold of Kane this summer would boost their chances of achieving their goal.