Reporter Claims ‘Top Defender’ Can Leave for £26M, Postecoglou Has Eyed Him for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur is rumored to be considering a move for Stuttgart defender Hiroki Ito in 2024, fueled by speculation about a release clause in the Japanese player’s contract. According to Florian Plettenberg of Sky Germany, Ito possesses a clause that allows him to depart Stuttgart for €30 million in 2024.

As the January transfer window approaches, Tottenham is actively searching for a new center-back. With Micky van de Ven sidelined due to injury, the club is particularly interested in securing another left-footer to provide competition for the Dutchman. During the summer transfer window, Hiroki Ito emerged as a potential target for Tottenham, as reported by Sponichi Annex in Japan in June.

The link between Tottenham and Ito is strengthened by manager Ange Postecoglou’s familiarity with the Japanese market, having previously overseen Yokohama F. Marinos. While no deal materialized during the summer, Ito aligns with Postecoglou’s preferences as a speedy, left-sided center-back for his tactical system.

Florian Plettenberg of Sky Germany has now shed light on the situation, indicating that Ito can be acquired for €30 million (£26 million) due to a release clause in his contract. Plettenberg describes the Japanese international as a ‘top defender’ and notes that Ito ideally wishes to stay with Stuttgart until the summer.

Given this information, Tottenham is likely keeping a close eye on Ito’s situation and could be considering a move for the talented defender in 2024. The reported release clause adds an intriguing dimension to the potential transfer, making Ito an attractive prospect for the North London club as they strategize for the future.