Etienne Capoue‘s future has become a little clearer within the past week, with a move to the Premier League now looking very possible. The prospect of joining Tottenham will surely be the defining factor.
The Toulouse and France midfielder was missing for Toulouse’s first game of their Ligue 1 campaign on Saturday, suggesting that his time in the southwest of France is up. We recently learned that Cardiff City had a bid of around £8m accepted for Capoue, but the player himself has strong desires to play for a club with bigger ambitions.
Tottenham are now reported to have agreed to a fee with Toulouse, with the French club’s president admitting it is likely he will move there. For me, if that opportunity arises then Capoue will be on his way to North London. Tottenham give him the chance to compete with some of the Premier League’s- top players at the better end of the table. He would have the chance to play in the Europa League, and despite a dream of Champions League football still in his mind, I believe he will fail to miss such an opportunity to play for a bigger club than Toulouse.
He has clearly put thought into his future, having stayed with Toulouse despite that Cardiff offer, but he now sees Spurs as the chance he has been waiting for.
For Capoue it would be the right move. At the age of 25 he cannot wait any longer. The chance to prove himself at the highest level has arrived, and it’s the perfect time. After a very impressive season for Toulouse a move to Tottenham would enable him to progress as he has always wished.
It is a surprise that Arsenal have shown no evident interest in Capoue this summer. With the defensive midfield position still crying out to be filled in their team you would have thought they would be keen to grasp such a talent.