Tottenham have bled quite a bit to bring in Mickey van der Vaart.
“Tottenham are on the verge of reaching an agreement with Wolfsburg for a transfer fee of 50 million euros ($71.9 billion won), including bonus clauses, for van der Penn,” the British ‘The Athletic’ reported on Thursday. Once the deal is finalized between the clubs, van der Penn will be flown to England to undergo a medical and sign a long-term contract to complete the move.”
Since his arrival at Tottenham, manager Enze Postecoglou has asked the club to strengthen its defense for two reasons. First, Tottenham’s defense was a mess last season. The main reason for Spurs’ disastrous eighth-place finish last season was their mid-to-low-level defense. They need to improve on that if they want to do well this season.
Second, the defense needs to be solid in order for Postecoglou to play his attacking style of football. Last season, despite playing a relatively defensive game, Tottenham’s defense collapsed. Postecoglou’s style is to play very high up the pitch, which is very worrying for Spurs’ current defense.
That’s why Spurs are looking for a center back and have targeted Van der Penne. After joining Wolfsburg in 2021, van der Penn began to make the leap to the first team in the 2022-23 season. He quickly became a key resource.
Van der Penn is considered to have all the attributes of a modern center back. At 6-foot-3, he has a high offer. Despite his length, he has very quick feet. He’s faster than Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich) and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), both of whom are known for their speed in the German Bundesliga. His top speed is a whopping 35.97 km/h.
However, he was born in 2001 and still needs to grow. His height is good, but he’s not perfect in terms of aerial ball positioning. However, he has a wide defensive range thanks to his speed, so if he improves his defensive skills, he could be a very promising player. His buildup is excellent. He can also use his forward movement to create cracks in the opposition defense. He is also a left-footed center back. 스포츠토토
He’s currently valued at around €30 million, but Wolfsburg didn’t want to sell their key player on the cheap. Wolfsburg had the upper hand in the negotiations as his contract runs until the 2026-27 season.
Therefore, Tottenham decided to pay a lot of money with a bonus clause. If the terms of van der Penn’s bonus clause are triggered, they will have to pay up to €50 million. That’s the same amount of money Bayern Munich paid for Kim Min-jae this season.
According to the latest news, van der Penn will soon travel to England to finalize the transfer.