Recent reports linking Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker with an exit have somewhat caused a panicky atmosphere among the Spurs faithful. Walker has been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who are said to be big admirers of the English right-back.
Amidst these reports, Spurs are said to be eyeing replacements for Walker should he decide to leave the club. Monaco’s Djibril Sidibe is said to be the man to replace Walker in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The 24-year-old French defender is said to be a subject to numerous bids from the big guns of Europe after impressing in his first season with Monaco.
However, Spurs will find it hard to lure Sidibe to North London with the Manchester clubs and their local rivals Arsenal also being interested. Monaco are also holding out for a fee around £30 million for the former Lille man.
With 29 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, Sidibe has registered 2 goals and 5 assists for the Champions Monaco. He has also created 27 chances for his teammates with an average passing percentage of 81% in Ligue 1. He has also won 42% of the duels this season.
Sidibe was also instrumental in Monaco’s Champions League run which saw them reach the semifinals of the competition. He scored 1 goal and assisted 1 in 9 games for Monaco in the premier competition, winning 48% of the duels and creating 12 chances for his teammates. (Stats via Squawka)
What will he offer to the club?
Djibril Sidibe’s versatility makes him one of the most important assets to have for any team. Despite being a right-back primarily, Sidibe can also slot into the left-back position and also into a midfield role on the right side.
He is a strong defender who makes attacking runs very often and can score goals as well. Sidibe looks to be a perfect replacement for Kyle Walker though it is to be seen if he can cope with the pressure that the Premier League offers.
Worth the money?
Sidibe won’t come cheap as Monaco will look to coup around £30 million for the French International. Although the price seems a bit high, the fee looks to be a good price considering the recent inflation of the transfer market.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are expected to challenge for the title and Sidibe is the kind of player who can help the Argentine do that next season.
With a good balance of defensive and attacking style of play, Sidibe would prove to be a massive signing for the team from North London.