Date published: Thursday 21st May 2020 1:12
Monaco defender Guillermo Maripan has revealed that he dreams of playing in the Premier League, amid links with Tottenham Hotspur.
Maripan has made 20 appearances in his first season in Ligue 1, after joining Monaco from Spanish side Alaves last summer – and he could be set for another quick move.
Tottenham have been linked with the player as they prepare for the departure of Jan Vertonghen, who is expected to leave at the end of his contract.
While his defensive partner Toby Alderweireld signed an extension to his contract that was due to expire at the end of the season, it is still unclear whether Vertonghen will follow suit.
“I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs, or another club,” he told Belgian TV channel Play Sports in April.
“I really want to continue at top level for a few more years and I would like to play European football next season.
“Since January, a number of clubs have come forward with serious proposals.
“The Spanish and Italian leagues are the most obvious for the time being, but I will keep all options open.”
Should Vertonghen opt for a departure – with Inter Milan keen to take him to Serie A – then Maripan could prove to have the experience that Tottenham would need in a replacement.
However, AS claim that they face competition from fellow Premier League sides West Ham United and Watford for the 26-year-old, who has been capped 24 times by Chile since 2017.
And Maripan has now put those potential suitors on alert by revealing that he would like to play in England, should the opportunity arise.
He told Radio Cooperativa (via Sport Witness): “Personally, I’ve always liked the Premier League a lot, I’ve always wanted to play there and I am aiming there.”
It is claimed that Maripan could cost over €20m, while previous reports have indicated that Monaco may be willing to allow him to leave.
Another player tipped to replace Vertonghen at Spurs is Hellas Verona centre-back Marash Kumbulla, who has helped inspire his side into the top half in their first season back in Serie A.