According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur ‘fear’ Liverpool will hijack their move for Wolfsburg centre-back Micky van de Ven.
Van de Ven has emerged as one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga and he is being heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.
Liverpool and Spurs are both in the market for a new centre-back this summer and Van de Ven is on their radar.
Last week, it was reported that Tottenham have a ‘personal agreement’ over a £30m deal for Van de Ven, but he is yet to complete a move to the Premier League.
The Evening Standard are now reporting that ‘there are fears that Liverpool could hijack talks for Van de Ven as they target a similar profile of defender’. The Premier League rivals are also understood to be interested in Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill.
But according to German journalist Christian Falk, Liverpool have ‘calmed down’ their interest in Van de Ven.
He believes Tottenham are yet to make an offer for the defender but Wolfsburg know that the defender ‘could be sold this year’.
“There’s not yet an offer for Micky van de Ven from Tottenham, but Wolfsburg knows that there is interest and they know that Van de Ven is a player who could be sold this year, which is why they’re also talking with Robin Gosens for this position,” Falk told Caught Offisde.
“They hope that there will be an offer because they can get a really huge amount of money and they saw what could happen in the case of Maxence Lacroix.
“Last year, everyone in Europe was talking about him and the club thought they could sell him for a lot of money but then the market was getting smaller for him because he didn’t perform so well.
“I think Fulham are still in the race for him now but you see that the range is not the highest level so I think every side would be fine if there is an agreement with Van de Ven and Tottenham because also talks with Liverpool have calmed down.
“Bayern Munich have talked about Van de Ven, so it gives you an idea of how much potential he has.
“On the German market, he is one of the interesting options, I think the reason why we don’t talk so much about him is because he’s a defensive player! If he was a striker, it would be different.”