We’re not saying Mauricio Pochettino has a soft spot for his fellow countrymen, but signing Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth while keeping Erik Lamela around after 388 days of injuries suggests he likes having them there.
You know, to feel more at home.
That’s why when Tottenham were mentioned by Girondins4Ever as one of the clubs watching Bordeaux face Zenit on Thursday night, it was fairly easy to figure out who might have been their targets.
Of course, this is just an educated guess rather than fact, but with Spurs clearly looking for a new centre-back, as Toby Alderweireld seems set for a summer exit, Emmanuel Mammana is a clear option, far more experienced than Juan Foyth.
Furthermore, the fact Tottenham were linked with him back in 2016, when he was still at River Plate, suggests this isn’t just them visiting Bordeaux on a whim.
Another player on the pitch who could be of use is Leandro Paredes, who has also seen his name mentioned next to Spurs’ in the past, this time in January 2017, back when he was contracted to Roma in Serie A.
Having failed to sign anyone in the summer, there are expectations that Tottenham could open the chequebook in January, especially with injuries starting to pile up during a busy schedule.