Tottenham transfer news latest: Mariano Diaz, Toby Alderweireld, Dani Ceballos, Giovani Lo Celso, more

Tottenham are looking to sign a new forward to bolster their attacking options

Luke Brown
Saturday 13 July 2019 17:25 BST
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Tottenham are interested in signing Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz to bolster their attacking options this summer.

Thursday’s edition of Spanish newspaper AS claims that Spurs have joined Roma and AC Milan in the race for the 25-year-old Dominican Republic international, who re-joined Real Madrid from Lyon in 2018.

Mauricio Pochettino reportedly sees Diaz as the perfect replacement for Fernando Llorente in his matchday squad.

However, AS claims that the player is unsure over a move to north London because he knows he will spend much of his time playing second fiddle to Harry Kane.

The striker is desperate for regular first-team football, having made just 19 appearances for Madrid last season, scoring four goals.

Elsewhere, Sky Italia have claimed that Roma are planning on recruiting two defenders this season. One is Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta. And the other will be either Marc Bartra of Real Betis or Toby Alderweireld.

Spurs have yet to receive an offer for the Belgium international but have made it known that he is available this summer for £25m.

As things currently stand, Alderweireld is still expected to join his Tottenham team-mates for their pre-season tour of Asia.

Meanwhile, Diaz is not the only Real Madrid player Tottenham have designs on, as it has been reported by some outlets that the club have finally agreed a deal for Dani Ceballos.

Spurs have already shattered their all-time transfer record by signing Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for £55m this summer, but Mauricio Pochettino is determined to recruit at least one more midfielder as he overhauls his ageing squad.

And, according to reports in Spain, that man could be Ceballos with an agreement now close.

The 22-year-old shone for Spain at the European Under-21 Championship in Italy and with Real Madrid looking to shift some of their fringe players could be available for a figure in the region of £44m.

Will Spurs sign Ceballos? (Getty)

However, talks over Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso have stalled, according to Sky Sports News.

The 23-year-old Argentina international is one of Pochettino’s top targets this summer and is seen as a ready-made replacement for Christian Eriksen, should the Dane depart for the bright lights of Real Madrid.

But Betis are holding firm over their £70m valuation of Lo Celso, who last season scored 16 goals and registered six assistant in 46 matches for the club.

That’s more than Tottenham are currently prepared to spend, with the club needed to sell some deadwood before they can finance another huge move.

Spurs want to sign Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso (Getty)

Spain U21 international Dani Olmo has also emerged as a target for Pochettino’s side. Olmo currently plays in Croatia with Dynamo Zagreb and would cost £22m, according to Mucho Deporte.

Olmo is also being targeted by Manchester United, however, Spurs reportedly already have an agreement with the player’s agent.

The Daily Mail report that Fulham full-back Ryan Sessegnon remains a target. Sessegnon, who Spurs value at around £30m, could swap west for north London in a deal which could include his twin brother Steven.

The Mail has also reported that the club are continuing to keep tabs on Norwich’s Max Aarons.

Spurs are also ready to challenge Manchester City for Bournemouth’s centre-half Nathan Ake, according to L’Equipe.

The champions are keen on the Dutch international but Spurs could join the chase too. The Cherries want upwards of £40m for the former Chelsea man.

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