Tottenham Hotspur are interetsed in a deal to carry Piero Hincapie to the Premier League this summer time.
What’s the discuss?
That’s in keeping with a report by German publication Kicker, who declare that Fabio Paratici is now plotting a €40m (£34m) provide for the Bayer 04 Leverkusen centre-back, whereas AC Milan are additionally reported to be eager on a transfer for the 20-year-old in the summertime switch window.
These claims have been backed up by Diario AS journalist Marcos Duran, who revealed in a latest publish on Twitter that each the Premier League and Serie A golf equipment have made contact with Bayer concerning a deal for the Ecuador worldwide.
In his tweet, Duran stated: “As reported in Italy and Germany, each Milan and Tottenham had been contacted by the Ecuadorian Piero Hincapie, the Bayer 04 participant. Participant and membership in talks to enhance the contract. He desires to play within the Champions League, however the market is simply starting.”
The left-footed Romero
Contemplating simply how thrilling a expertise Hincapie is, along with the signing of a left-footed centre-back reported to be one in every of Antonio Conte’s precedence targets in the summertime switch window, it’s simple to see why Paratici is pursuing a deal for the South American sensation forward of Tottenham’s 2022/23 marketing campaign.
Certainly, following his €7.8m (£6.7m) transfer to the BayArena final summer time, the £26m-rated defender extremely impressed over his 27 Bundesliga appearances, serving to his facet preserve two clear sheets, in addition to making a mean of 1.2 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2.0 clearances and profitable 4.4 duels – at successful price of 56% – per sport.
The centre-back who Rudi Voller dubbed “a ball winner, intelligent and technically gifted” additionally impressed going forwards, scoring one purpose, registering two assists and creating 4 massive possibilities for his teammates, along with finishing a mean of 32.4 passes, 1.5 lengthy balls, 0.4 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per fixture.
Moreover, in keeping with FBref information, the £19k-per-week expertise additionally ranks within the high 2% of centre-backs in Europe’s massive 5 leagues for ariel duels received per 90, in addition to the highest 5% for interceptions, the highest 6% for clearances, the highest 16% for passes accomplished, the highest 19% for passes tried and the highest 39% for dribbles accomplished during the last twelve months.
These metrics would seem to again up Tim Vickery’s declare that Hincapie is one thing of an ideal match for the left of a again three, with the South American soccer knowledgeable stating in an interview with Sky Sports News earlier this 12 months:
“He’s first-choice for Ecuador. He’s a left-sided centre-back. He has a pleasant left foot. Brings the ball out of defence very effectively. Making it fascinating maybe for a again three formation. If you’re going to play a 3, then two of these should be capable to carry the ball out of defence.
“He moved already from Ecuador to Argentina and he had a very good season in Argentina. He’s accomplished very, very effectively within the Bundesliga as effectively… I’ve been very, very impressed by his progress.”
As such, it’s clear to see that the 20-year-old who Jacek Kulig dubbed a “complete, elegant and dominant” defender may be very a lot a participant within the mould of Tottenham’s personal Cristian Romero – the Argentina worldwide known for his distinctive studying of the sport, his capacity to launch counter-attacks with progressive passes and his composure when bringing the ball out from the again.
So, ought to Paratici go on to seal a deal for Hincapie this summer time, it could appear as if the sporting director might effectively have landed a left-footed model of Romero, to not point out a expertise who ticks nearly each field for Conte’s left-sided centre-back – a prospect that’s positive to please each the Italian supervisor and Spurs supporters alike.
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