Tottenham defender ‘on Newcastle’s radar’ is ‘main goal’ this summer for Serie A giants

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Tottenham star Tanganga Credit: PA Images
Tottenham star Tanganga Credit: PA Images

According to reports, one of AC Milan’s ‘main goals’ this summer is to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga on loan.

The England U21 international made his senior debut for Tottenham towards the end of 2019.

Tanganga has now played 43 times for Spurs across all competitions. This includes 19 outings during the 2021/22 campaign.

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It is understood that the defender is free to leave on loan this summer. He is reportedly ‘on the radar’ of Newcastle United.

Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that AC Milan are also interested in him. It is said that one of their ‘main goals’ this summer is to bring Tanganga in on loan.

The club’s hierarchy have ‘made contact’ with Tottenham Hotspur regarding the signing. AC Milan think Tanganga can ‘give more quality and quantity to the defensive department’.

Meanwhile, Paul Merson has backed Tottenham Hotspur summer signing Ivan Perisic to be one of the Premier League’s “surprise stars” next season.

Perisic has joined Tottenham after playing over 250 times for Inter Milan between 2015 and 2022.

The 33-year-old has helped them win the Serie A title and Coppa Italia. The Croatia standout also earned a runners-up medal at the 2018 World Cup.

Merson is confident that Perisic will be an “invaluable asset” to Tottenham next season:

“Ivan Perisic to be one of the surprise stars of the season. I keep going on and on about this, but I’m a massive fan of [him],” Merson told Sportskeeda.

“This guy works as hard as anyone and has the talent to hold his ground against some of the best players in the world – that is some recipe for a player.

“He’s an international footballer who works as hard as someone who has come from non-league football into the big leagues, indicating that he’s got the work-ethic to complement his wonderful natural ability.

“Perisic has played for multiple big teams across Europe’s top five leagues and remains a key player for Croatia, so I expect him to be a huge hit for Tottenham.

“He’s different class and gives Conte the option of playing as a left-wing back and a winger, making him an invaluable asset to the squad.”


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