Tottenham are said to be one of four clubs considering a move for Arturo Vidal this summer.
The Chilean midfielder’s current contract at Inter Milan is set to expire in June when he would be available on a free transfer.
Spurs, Marseille, Aston Villa and Galatasaray are all monitoring the situation, according to Calciomercato in Italy.
Vidal is a player with a wealth of experience at the highest level. He won domestic league titles with Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter.
He is also a two-time Copa America winner and has represented Chile more than 130 times at senior international level.
A short-term move to Spurs could make sense. After all, Vidal is a player who is trusted by current boss Antonio Conte, who was in charge of Inter when they won Serie A in 2021. Conte also won major titles with Vidal at Juve .
But such a move would also challenge Tottenham’s recent general transfer policy of signing and developing young players.
Since 2017, Spurs haven’t signed an outfield player over the age of 30 on a permanent transfer.
It was Fernando Llorente, 32, who joined Swansea City as a substitute striker for a fee of £12.1million, as reported by Sky Sports.
Vidal turns 35 in May so it is suspected he would only receive a one-year deal if Spurs sign him.
This lack of long-term risk, added to the fact that there would be no transfer fee, makes the deal more plausible.
In essence, it wouldn’t be too different to the loan deal that brought the then 31-year-old Gareth Bale back to Spurs in 2020.