Tottenham Hotspur Joins the Race to Sign Edmond Tapsoba
Tottenham Hotspur has now become Arsenal’s rival in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s defender Edmond Tapsoba this summer. Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano claims that interest in Tapsoba is mounting, and a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Tottenham, are tracking his progress ahead of the summer window.
Leverkusen Disinclined to Sell Tapsoba for Anything Less than Huge Money
According to Romano, Leverkusen would only sell Tapsoba for ‘huge’ money, and the club will face major interest in the likes of Moussa Diaby and Florian Wirtz this summer but would like to keep Tapsoba in their senior squad.
Tottenham Interested in Tapsoba More than Arsenal
Tapsoba is a huge presence at 6ft 4in tall and possesses impressive speed, factors that could make him a strong partner for Tottenham’s Cristian Romero. While Arsenal do need another right-footed centre-back this summer, Tapsoba’s potential fee would be too large to spend on competition. Also, Tapsoba would expect a starting role with his next move, which may not suit Arsenal’s set-up.
Tottenham’s Formation and Defensive Requirements
One issue that Tottenham could face is that they may appoint Arne Slot, who likes to use a right and a left-footed partnership at the back. While Tapsoba may be a right-footer like Romero, he is not a left-footer like Marcos Senesi and David Hancko, who have excelled under Slot. This may mean Slot has to slightly tweak how he builds from the back.
Tapsoba’s Future Remains Unknown
Tapsoba has been hailed as a ‘fantastic’ player by Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes and could end up playing for either of the North London teams. The race is now open for Tapsoba’s signature, and it remains unknown which side of North London he will play on next season.