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New Hincapie fee claim emerges in Tottenham and Lenglet situation as AC Milan almost withdraw

Piero Hincapie, Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen February 2022 Credit: PA Images

Tottenham may have an almost free ride on a Piero Hincapie transfer, but the Bayer Leverkusen centre-back could still stay put.

Spurs are tackling a new centre-back to get another key signing ticked off their summer wishlist. They started the window by looking at Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni but his price tag seems too restrictive.

Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet appears to be the current favorite to join Antonio Conte’s Tottenham ranks.

However, Hincapie from Leverkusen appeared as an alternative for Tottenham.

Spurs are reportedly considering a €40m (£34m) bid for the Ecuador international. However, Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes insisted he was “very happy” that Hincapie had a “long contract”.

According to the latest news from Calciomercatohowever, Hincapie – whose deal doesn’t end until 2026 – is available this summer for between €25m and €30m.

This has all but ruled AC Milan out of the transfer hunt as the valuation is too high for the Rossoneri bosses.

They are instead looking to Paris Saint-Germain’s Abdou Diallo as a centre-back. Indeed, Milan lost former Lille defender Sven Botman, who left for Newcastle. Meanwhile, Alessio Romagnoli left Milan after his contract expired.

The reported maximum valuation of €30m (£25.8m) could be music to Tottenham’s ears as they seek a centre-back signing.

They have pulled themselves out of the hunt for Bastoni due to his £51million fee.

Tottenham face transfer hurdle Hincapie

Piero Hincapie playing for Bayer LeverkusenCredit: PA Images

Piero Hincapie playing for Bayer LeverkusenCredit: PA Images

Nonetheless, while the price and ending of their interest in Milan could boost Tottenham, they still have a significant hurdle to clear in order to sign Hincapie.

Calciomercato adds in his report that the 20-year-old extending his contract seems the most likely outcome this summer.

Last season was just hincapie‘s first outside of South America and also his first in a major European league.

But he thrived, playing 27 of 34 Bundesliga games to help Leverkusen secure third place in the Bundesliga and Champions League football for next season.

The fact that Hincapie can now lead his team into Europe’s premier competition is a big plus for him to stay in Germany.

Spurs target on an exciting trajectory

Hincapie would be a solid option for Tottenham as a backup centre-back. But while he has had a year of senior football in Europe, a step towards a Premier League top-four battle may be too soon.

Rather, he should give him at least one more season with Leverkusen and see how he does.

Hincapie will get his first taste of Champions League football next season. This can only increase his stock and value ahead of the January transfer window.

And if Leverkusen make it through to the knockout stages and maintain their first four Bundesliga hopes, their star centre-back will undoubtedly be at the heart of it all.

At only 20 years old, Hincapie has time to develop. He should fully focus on next season with Leverkusen.

A new contract can be a reward for his progress. However, it would also massively protect – if not increase – his value ahead of upcoming transfer windows.

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