Spurs line up Coentrao to replace Assou-Ekotto

Tottenham could be planning a raid on Real Madrid in the hopes of bringing Fabio Coentrao to White Hart Lane, reports The Mirror.

Spurs are planning the move in order to replace Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who appears to be joining French outfit Monaco in the summer.

Boss Andre Villas-Boas will let the 29-year-old leave North London and return to France, where he started his career with Lens.

Kyle Walker is also thought to be on Monaco’s wishlist, but does not fancy the move and would prefer to remain in London.

Villas-Boas has made plans to replace Assou-Ekotto with fellow Portuguese Coentrao, but will only make a move if Spurs can table the offer of Champions League football next season.

He will be allowed to leave Real Madrid in the summer in any case, and could set Spurs back £15m if they were to get their man.

Currently sitting top of France’s second flight of football, Monaco’s Russian billionaire owner Dmitri Rybolovlev is ready to provide manager Claudio Ranieri with a war chest to rival that of Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Assou-Ekotto’s move to Monaco could yet be shrouded in uncertainty, with a major tax row potentially resulting in the club being booted out of the French league.

With most of French football having to impose a 75% tax rate on players, Monaco’s tax-haven status means they are able to offer foreign footballers a much lower tax bill than would otherwise be possible, and this has been cited by the majority of France as an unfair advantage for the club.

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