In a bid to secure the future of key midfielder Luka Modric, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has vowed to sign “one or two big players”. Redknapp has identified FC Porto’s impressive striker Falcao as just the man for the job and will this week launch a £28m bid to sign him.
Redknapp has long admired the Portuguese league and frequently sends scouts to Porto games. Originally this had been to watch Falcao’s teammate, Hulk, who Redknapp has shown interest in the past. However, with Porto having increased their ownership of the player to 85% and inserted a €100m buy-out clause in his contract, there is simply no chance Spurs will be able to afford him.
Falcao however, even more prolific than his teammate, is thought to be on the lookout for a move to England. Obviously, Spurs cannot offer the Columbian Champions League football, and with Porto having won the Europa League last year, it is difficult to imagine that the player would leap at the chance of the move.
Having broken the Europa League scoring records last year with 17 goals in 14 games, and scoring 72 goals in 85 games for Porto over the last two years, Falcao is certain to be in the minds of many of Europe’s top clubs. But with none of them showing interest so far, it seems Redknapp will steal a march on his rivals.
Were Spurs to land the Porto frontman, this would represent a clear statement of intent for the club – the sort of thing that would certainly work in their favour when Modric comes to make a decision.
But there will be critics of Redknapp who will see this bid as incredibly reactionary. Though an undoubted favourite at White Hart Lane, there are Spurs fans that believe Modric’s wandering eye is enough of a reason to sell him.
What is undeniable however is that signing a player of Falcao’s calibre would certainly push the team on. Spurs lacked firepower last year and it proved ultimately very costly. Perhaps the full extent of that cost is yet to be seen.
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