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Tottenham sign Wolfsburg’s Van de Ven for £34.5 million

Tottenham successfully secured the signing of Micky van de Ven from Wolfsburg on a six-year contract.

The addition of the left-footed central defender is a significant achievement for the club and fulfills the requirement of their new manager, Ange Postecoglou, to reinforce the defense.

Van de Ven’s services were acquired by Spurs with a contract that extends until 2029, involving an initial fee of 40 million euros (£34.5 million), with the potential to reach around 50 million euros (£43.1 million) through additional payments.

The Netherlands Under-21 international had been under the club’s radar throughout the summer. After evaluating the possibility of signing either him or Edmond Tapsoba from Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham decided to pursue the 22-year-old.

Starting his career with Volendam, Van de Ven moved to Wolfsburg in the summer of 2021.

His promising performance in the 2022-23 season, where he featured in 36 matches for the Bundesliga club, attracted the attention of several European teams, including Liverpool.

Tottenham emerged as the preferred destination for the Dutchman, who attended Sunday’s pre-season victory over Shakhtar Donetsk following the agreement reached with Wolfsburg regarding his transfer last week.

Van de Ven passed his medical for Tottenham on Monday

Van de Ven underwent his medical examination at the club’s Enfield training base on Monday and is likely to join the team traveling to Barcelona for a friendly match against the Catalan club on Tuesday.

Although Postecoglou refrained from discussing the defender directly after the 5-1 win over Shakhtar, he has been consistently vocal about the need for new central defenders throughout the pre-season.

While Ben Davies has primarily occupied the left side of the four-man defense system employed by the Australian head coach, Van de Ven’s speed will be a valuable addition to a team that plans to utilize a high defensive line in the upcoming season.

Tottenham continues to pursue potential additions, but they are also open to offers for center-backs Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga, and Joe Rodon.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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