Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign Marseille right-back Hiroki Sakai, according to a report published by Sky Sports. 

The Lilywhites will likely look to sign at least one right-back this summer given that there are doubts over the long-term futures of Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier.

Tottenham regular Trippier in particular has been linked with a move away from the club. The Englishman struggled for consistency this past season following his heroics during the 2018 World Cup for his country.

From a Spurs perspective, Sakai is not their typical signing as he is 29-years-old. The club tends to sign players who are in the infancy of their careers and who are willing to remain at Tottenham for the long-term.

If they do sign the Japan international however, they will be acquiring the services of a player who has been to two World Cups and who has made 122 appearances for Marseille since joining the Ligue 1 outfit in 2016.

Reported Tottenham target Sakai was a first-team regular for Marseille last season as he went on to notch five assists from 32 appearances in all competitions.

Spurs must seriously think before they make an offer for this player. He will certainly be a good cover option and squad rotation player for whomever the club decides to make first-choice right-back next season.

However, he is arguably not good enough for the first-choice Tottenham right-back position. Moreover, he is now at the prime of his career and is unlikely to get any better as a player and go on to challenge for the first-choice right-back position.


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