Why Tottenham should sign Domagoj Vida from Besiktas
Domagoj Vida had a World Cup to remember as he almost went on to win it with Croatia before failing at the very last step. In a tournament where the heavyweights fell, Croatia and Vida shone to make a name for themselves at the biggest stage in international football.
With his stellar performances in Russia, the £30m-rated centre-back has managed to turn a few heads, and it is expected that the 29-year-old could be on the move to a bigger club.
Here’s why Tottenham would do well to add Domagoj to their team for the upcoming season.
The Alderweireld situation and a potential replacement
Alderweireld, arguably the best defender in the Premier League, is not keen to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, and the Belgian is yet to extend his contract.
There is a stand-off in the negotiations between the club and the player and it looks like he will be off this summer with concrete interest from Manchester United. Assuming that Tottenham will be a player light in defence, they should add a new player there and Vida fits the profile very well.
Alderweireld and Vida are both 29 years old and share quite a few similarities in their style of play. Like the former, the latter is also a ball-playing defender who likes to bring the ball out of defence.
However, the Belgian defender is more inventive in his passing range than Vida, who likes to keep it short and tidy at the back. Both the defenders are imposing in the air and usually good in their positioning when dealing with the attacks from the opponents.
A world cup star under the radar
Usually, the World Cup stars are often the subject of bidding wars between big clubs and they warrant huge fees.
However, Vida, despite being a crucial player for Croatia in their splendid campaign, is not a name which is very flamboyant and appealing for big clubs across Europe yet. Tottenham should take the initiative to approach the player before other clubs get involved.
The Croatian defender is valued at under €10million right now and a deal can be struck for a very reasonable amount with Besiktas, who will not have much of a choice but to sell if a bigger club comes knocking the door.