Tottenham Hotspur‘s defence has been solid this season under Antonio Conte, conceding just 20 times in eighteen matches. The Premier League‘s sixth-placed club’s attack is where improvement is needed, as their 23 goals for is on par with the number of goals scored by 17th-placed Watford. Thus, they can afford to offload some defensive assets, with Japhet Tanganga attracting interest from AC Milan and others who are looking to bring the 22-year-old in on loan during the January transfer window.
AC Milan Eyeing Japhet Tanganga Loan
Japhet Tanganga Decision Expected to Be Made Soon
According to Charlie Eccleshare of The Athletic, a host of Premier League and Italian clubs, including AC Milan, are eyeing up a loan move for the Tottenham centre-back. It is believed that Tanganga wants to stay in London to continue fighting for a starting spot.
Gianluca Di Marzio claims that contact between last season’s Serie A runners up and Fabio Paratici has been made, but that Tottenham are going to wait until Monday to make a decision after a five-day span starting on Wednesday night where Spurs come up against Leicester City and Chelsea in pivotal matches in the race for the top four.
Even though Tanganga wants to stay, Tottenham might encourage him to depart on loan in order to increase his transfer value and further his development. Despite playing 17 matches in all competitions this season, he is set to fall in the depth chart with the imminent returns of Eric Dier and Cristian Romero. With Davinson Sanchez also preferred by Conte, that leaves Tanganga as a potential fourth or fifth choice, depending on where Ben Davies ranks in Conte’s mind.
Tanganga has what it takes to push into the starting eleven for Tottenham, even when Dier and Romero return. Especially considering Conte prefers three-centre-back formations, the depth may be deemed necessary. However, if Conte elects to push Tanganga out of his plans, a loan move to a club such as AC Milan would be best for all parties.