23-year-old Tottenham target slipping away as PSG show interest

Spurs are in the market for defensive reinforcements, but a French club could get in the way of Tottenham's plans.
Netherlands v France: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024
Netherlands v France: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024 / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

Ange Postecoglou has revamped Tottenham's defensive options since his arrival in the summer of 2023.

Nearly a year later, the center pairing looks definitively like a Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero duo. Radu Dragusin, brought in during the January 2024 transfer window, was the latest addition to the squad.

In recent weeks, that trend of acquiring new talent has continued, with rumors and transfer links connecting Tottenham with one of VDV's Dutch counterparts, Feyenoord's Lutsharel Geertruida.

The right-back, who came up through the Eredivisie club's youth academy, is currently valued at €32m (Transfermarkt), and though Pedro Porro seems to be the current favorite at the spot, Geertruida may be a smart move considering the likely exit of back-up option Emerson Royal.

Geertruida can also play down the middle of the pitch, and given the high-paced intensity of Ange Postecoglou's system, the injury crisis of last season, and the increased number of games to be played now that Spurs are back in Europe, some versatility across the back line certainly wouldn't hurt.

Unfortunately, the deal that seemed almost too good to be true may become just that.

According to Sky Sports' Florian Plettenberg, Paris Saint-Germain are currently in talks with the player.

Supposedly priced at merely €25m, it looks as though Tottenham could be missing out on the chance to get in early on a player with mounds of potential.

Nevertheless, it's likely that Daniel Levy and Technical Director Johan Lange have a long list of further options to look at in order to supply Ange and co. with the tools necessary to carry out the unique demands of 'Ange-ball' which Spurs supporters quickly grew accustomed to in the Australian's first season at the helm.

As any long time fan of the game knows, however, nothing is decided in European football transfers until the pen hits the paper, so rest assured, if the club want Geertruida, they'll keep at it.