Now that Tottenham are mostly moving out of acquisition mode and into offload mode, you’d think we’d see plenty of players on the way out. That’s proving to be a little more difficult than we might all have expected, mainly because unlike Spurs, many European clubs simply don’t have much cash at the moment (or, like Barcelona, are taking out dodgy payday loans to balance their budget).
So perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising to see some of the reported connections for some players on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s squad falling apart with a month to go before the window closes. Yesterday, Gianluca DiMarzio hinted in an article on his website that one of the most visible potential transfers could fall apart AC Milan have reportedly scaled back interest in centre-back Japhet Tanganga and left-back Sergio Reguilon.
There’s not much truth to the rumor. The article is actually about Renato Sanches, who Milan now want to sign this summer, and at the end there is a statement that suggests that Sanches, who can play as both a midfielder and a defender, is seen as a more flexible alternative to both at Tanganga and Reguilon.
Here is the relevant passage in Italian, run via Google Translate:
[Sanches is] a flexible defender who can play both in the center and as a full-back. In fact, Milan had the option to buy Tanganga as CB and Reguilon as left-back but in the end they chose the former member of Borussia DortmundClass of 1996.
Well, that’s not great, is it? DiMarzio is absolutely one of those Italian football journalists to watch out for – he doesn’t get everything right (nobody does) but he is absolutely one of the most reliable Italian media sources, especially when it comes to the two Milan clubs.
Reguilon’s previous links with Milan have been more tenuous than Tanganga’s and Reggie still has a number of ties with other clubs (including, funnily enough, broke boys Barcelona). But Tanganga’s strongest link away from Spurs was with Milan, so this is a setback for him and for Spurs when they were actively trying to sack him.
This does not mean that none of the players will be moved. I think both absolutely are, even if it’s just on loan somewhere. And it’s also important to note that Sanches is linked with PSG. So if he decides to go elsewhere, Milan could return for Tanganga later in the window.
But if DiMarzio is right, it’s a bummer, especially when Spurs are trying to move a few players before they make another last-minute acquisition or two over the summer.