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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly “keen on” signing Barcelona right-back, Nelson Semedo. The North London club still haven’t replaced Kieran Trippier in that position and Jose Mourinho is now looking to strengthen the right side of his defence as soon as possible.

Semedo is the first right back Tottenham have been linked with in this window as the ever-present links to Norwich youngster Max Aarons came to the fore once again a week or so ago.

Tottenham target Max Aarons
Norwich star Max Aarons has been attracting interest from around Europe with his excellent performances this season

Tottenham have since cooled their interest and are now “exploring their options” in the right-back position since some of Europe’s elite clubs, in Barcelona and RB Leipzig, also expressed an interest in Norwich’s young star.

Tottenham made a right-back a priority going into this window following the departure of Kieran Trippier last summer. Currently, they only really have Serge Aurier to play in that position as Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to move to Crystal Palace on loan this month.

According to Spanish outlet El Desmarque, Barcelona are looking to make a profit on the £26million fee they paid for the Portuguese full-back from Benfica back in 2017. Spurs are reportedly willing to pay a sum in the region of £31million, but Barca are holding out for something closer to £43m – but it seems unlikely Semedo will fetch anything near that mark.

It seems as though Mourinho and Tottenham now need to make a decision on where their priorities lie with this deal – is it a with a new right-back? Or does it lie with replacing Harry Kane for the rest of the season? The England skipper is out until at least April, and Spurs have been looking to the transfer market to find a replacement.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane limps off
Harry Kane limps off against Southampton a couple of weeks back – he won’t be available again until at least April

To me, there’s no reason why they can’t do both but given that they’ve got Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura to cover in the central role – something they did so effectively last season, I’d concentrate on strengthening in the full-back area. Aurier, although a good player, can sometimes be a liability with his recklessness, so a strong alternative should very much be the priority – and Semedo would be a damn good option.

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