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07 August 2017

Tottenham transfer news: Mauricio Pochettino to rival Juventus for Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo

TOTTENHAM are reportedly hoping to make Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo their first signing – but face stiff competition from Juventus.

Mauricio Pochettino is in the market to replace Kyle Walker after the speedster joined Manchester City.

Joao Cancelo is wanted by both Tottenham and Juventus
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Joao Cancelo is wanted by both Tottenham and Juventus[/caption]

Right-back Cancelo has won five caps for Portugal
Right-back Cancelo has won five caps for Portugal
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And the Spurs chief will rival Juve for the £22.5million-rated defender, according to Tuttosport.

The Italians lost Dani Alves this summer and have eyed Los Che star Caneclo for some time.

And with Spurs joining the hunt, they may be forced into a bidding war.

Poch has plenty of money to spend after refusing to enter the market so far – trusting his young squad.

But the Argie tactician likes to rotate his full-backs and needs quality competition for Kieran Trippier, who outperformed Walker last season.

Valencia signed Cancelo, 23, from Benfica in 2014 after he had played just twice for the Lisbon club.

Cancelo would compete with Kieran Trippier for a starting spot
Cancelo would compete with Kieran Trippier for a starting spot
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Trippier went down injured in the friendly against Juventus
Trippier went down injured in the friendly against Juventus
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He has racked up 90 first-team appearances for the Spaniards and made his Portugal debut last year – going on to score three times in five caps.

Tottenham’s pursuit became increasingly urgent after Trippier suffered an injury against Juventus, leaving Kyle Walker-Peters as the only fit right-back.

Cancelo has played against the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid for Valencia
Cancelo has played against the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid for Valencia
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How will Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham line up for the 2017-18 season?

Fans are desperate to see some new faces at White Hart Lane, with Everton playmaker Ross Barkley a potential arrival.

But Eric Dier and Dele Alli have emerged as targets for Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively.


Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog



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