Tottenham could snare ‘essential’ Serie A asset in summer, but January transfer off the table

Jakub Kiwior, Nicolo Barella, Spezia v Inter Milan, April 2022 Credit: Alamy
Jakub Kiwior, Nicolo Barella, Spezia v Inter Milan, April 2022 Credit: Alamy

Tottenham will have to wait until the summer to attempt to sign Jakub Kiwior, as Spezia are not willing to let him go in January.

Tottenham are one of a few sides that have been linked with Kiwior of late. West Ham United represent another potential Premier League destination.

Both Juventus and Atletico Madrid have also been credited with interest.

The Polish centre-back has grown into his role at Spezia. Indeed, the 22-year-old is in just his second season with the Serie A side following around a £1.8million transfer from Slovakian side MSK Zilina.

In his first season at Spezia, Kiwior played 22 league games, as they avoided relegation by six points. He will surely amass a higher number of appearances this season.

Indeed, the 22-year-old has already played 15 times in Serie A this term. That is every game that Spezia have played so far, and Kiwior has started in each of them.

They are battling to stay in the division, as they currently sit just one place above the relegation zone.

Kiwior is clearly crucial to his side’s chances at staying up. Indeed, he would not have started every game if they did not think he was a helpful asset to keep sides at bay.

Kiwior not available in January

That the centre-back is a crucial member of his side is not a great sign for potential suitors. Indeed, Tuttomercatoweb reports that Spezia have no intention of ‘depriving themselves’ of the defender in the winter.

The reasons for that make a lot of sense. A side that is frequently under the cosh is not likely to be too enamoured at the prospect of losing a key defender.

Especially considering his sale could mean they are plunged into the relegation places.

That will be bad news for Tottenham, in particular. Recent reports have stated that they are keen on snaring Kiwior in the January market.

However, things could look very different come the summer transfer window. Reports have already suggested Spezia know they can make a decent fee from their centre-back.

That he is impressing at the World Cup will only see his value rise. Indeed, he played each minute of Poland’s group stage matches. They kept a clean sheet in the first two games, and progressed to the round of 16.

In club football, in the event that he keeps Spezia up, the opportunity to raise a big fee is one club of that size might not be able to turn down.

On the other hand, should they be relegated, Kiwior might well want out. As such, there are potential avenues for interested sides such as Tottenham to explore down the line.

However, for the time being, it seems any interested will have to go on without Kiwior. Tottenham look likely to add to their defence either way, with Conte seemingly keen to improve upon it.

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