Arne Slot turns down transfer to avoid looking like Man Utd rival Ten Hag | Football | Sport

Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign Feyenoord’s star defender Lutsharel Geertruida, despite interest from Liverpool‘s new manager Arne Slot.

The 23 year old Dutch international, who recently played against France in the Euros, is one of Europe’s most sought-after young talents, with Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig also keen.

Insiders in Holland suggest that while Slot admires Geertruida, he is hesitant to make him his first signing at Anfield, especially after Erik ten Hag faced backlash for bringing numerous Eredivisie players to Manchester United, reports the Mirror.

This hesitation has given Spurs an opportunity to swoop in.

The North London club have been keeping a close eye on Geertruida throughout last season and are hopeful that he will choose them over a move to Paris.

PSG are also interested in the versatile defender, who can play as a right-back or holding midfielder, but they need to offload two other defenders before making a bid.

RB Leipzig had a £25million offer for Geertruida turned down last summer. Feyenoord initially wanted an additional £10million, but with only 12 months remaining on his contract, they may have to lower their asking price.

Geertruida, a Premier League enthusiast, often travels to London to watch his friends play in high-profile matches when he’s not playing for his own club.

Emerging from the challenging neighbourhoods of southern Rotterdam, he has become one of Feyenoord’s most beloved players, representing his hometown club with pride.

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