Are Tottenham closing in on Ignacio Camacho capture?
Tottenham, 4/1 chances with Coral to crash the top four, are rumoured to be in advanced talks over the summer signing of Spain holding midfielder Igancio Camacho from Malaga, according to reports from the continent.
Arriving at La Rosaleda for a cut-price £1.3m in 2011, the 24-year-old could cost Spurs £15m. Camacho, who also played for Atletico Madrid, made his senior international debut in La Roja’s last match, a 1-0 loss to Germany.
Playing over 100 times for cash-strapped Malaga, they are set to cash in on him in the upcoming transfer window, with Inter Milan rivalling Tottenham for his signature. Roberto Mancini’s struggles at the blue half of the San Siro have put Spurs in pole position to capture Camacho, though.
A UEFA European Under-21 champion with Spain’s youth team in 2013, Camacho has been tipped for big things, especially with Xabi Alonso retired from international football. Other deep-lying La Roja options Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez, both on the books of Bayern Munich, meanwhile, have been long-term injury absentees.
Camacho has also started chipping in with goals in recent seasons, netting five times last term and has four across all competitions during the current campaign.
French holding pair Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli have both struggled to make an impression on Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, with him preferring White Hart Lane academy products Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in the engine room.
Capturing Camacho could provide stiffer competition in the Spurs midfield with Paulinho’s future in north London looking bleak. The Brazilian box-to-box player is also a target of Inter, and they have a number of his compatriots on their books.
With Tottenham travelling to Florence where they face Fiorentina in a last 32 second leg tie, Pochettino is 25/1 to take the capital club to Europa League glory. This could be an alternative route into Europe’s elite club competition, the Champions League, for next season.