Tottenham’s decision to pull out of a deal for Brazilian striker Leandro may be one they will live to regret, after an array of interest from some of Europe’s top clubs is almost certain to increase Internacionale’s valuation of their star man, according to LesTransferts.fr.
At just 21, Leandro has already caught the attention of the likes of Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and others, though it was Spurs who were reported to have shown the most interest over the summer window in the Brazilian.
Various reports over the summer suggested that Spurs had had offers of both €12m and €18m rejected for the forward, and with the club apparently unwilling to sell Leandro for anything under €25m this year, Redknapp and Levy decided to focus their attentions elsewhere.
Spurs everntually brought in Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City, but with the Togo international’s future uncertain at the end of the campaign, Spurs may look back at Leandro as something of a missed opportunity.
In 45 appearances for Internacional, the 21-year-old has bagged 20 goals and earned himself a call up to the Brazil national side back in March, and was on the score sheet for the first time in a friendly against Ghana earlier this month at Craven Cottage. Intenacional club president Giovanni Luigi insisted that Leandro would not leave the club until the end of the year “and for a far greater fee”, however, with interest from some of Europe’s top clubs increasing, the Brazilian side may want to cash in on their star man in the January window to avoid any ‘transfer saga’ occuring at the end of the season.
With both Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane completing moves away from White Hart Lane in the summer, Redknapp was desperate to bring in an attacking threat that could guarantee him goals this season and while Adebayor is likely to do so, his future after May remains to be decided.
Any of Spurs’ plans to wait until the end of the season to do return with an offer for Leandro are almost certainly in tatters, with the Brazilian looking certain to complete a move elsewhere in January, and probably for a fee above the €25m that Tottenham were so reluctant to meet.
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