The Brazilian international has been a long-term target for Spurs, but with his club Internacional placing a £47 million price tag on the 23 year old, it will take a long-negotiation process before a deal is done which could please both parties.
Damiao is currently in the Brazil Olympic Squad, where has scored 6 goals in 5 games and has helped his team go into the Olympic gold medal match tomorrow afternoon.
His form in the London Olympics has helped Internacional justify their huge price tag of €60 million, which is the release clause of the striker.
The club’s president, Giovani Luigi stated to the Portuguese press:
“I think it’s very hard for the transfer to happen unless Tottenham pay the €60m (£47m) buyout fee that is included in his contract,”
He also added: “Leandro Damiao has four more years on his contract. He is a very well paid player and has nothing to complain about. And we don’t need to sell. We are a rich club with an enviable structure.”
Despite Luigi showing his reluctance to sell his star striker, who has scored 70 goals in 115 appearances for the Brazilian club.
Damiao’s release clause has priced him at £47 million, the total cost of Thierry Henry to Arsenal, Wayne Rooney to Manchester United, Gareth Bale to Tottenham and also £4 million spare.
With Tottenham’s record signing totalling around £16.5 million plus an extra £2-3 million in add-ons, this unlikely transfer could double the record purchase made by Spurs.
But with desperate times calling for desperate measures, are Spurs going to splurge on Leandro? Leave your comments below.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!