Tottenham monitoring Joao Palhinha for transfer swoop
Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha ahead of a potential summer transfer, according to a report.
The Lowdown: Bentancur injured
With Rodrigo Bentancur not expected to return until November at the earliest due to an ACL injury, Tottenham will need to look at bolstering their options in the engine room during the summer transfer window.
Bristol City youngster Alex Scott has been named as a potential target for the Spurs recruitment team, while Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse is also being considered, given that the Saints are resigned to losing him if they get relegated.
The Latest: Palhinha monitored
As per a report from The Sun, Tottenham are monitoring Palhinha for a potential summer move, but it will not be an easy transfer to complete, as a result of the level of interest in the midfielder.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are just some of the clubs also said to be eyeing a move for the Fulham ace, while his current club are determined to hold onto one of their key players, who could now be valued at around £40m.
The Verdict: Get it done?
Lauded as a ‘beautiful footballer’ who’s ‘very composed in possession’ by journalist Josh Bunting, the 27-year-old has been a vital player for Fulham so far this season, ranked by Sofascore as the Cottagers’ best-performing midfielder in the Premier League.
While Bunting highlights that he is comfortable on the ball, the Portugal international’s most remarkable trait is his ability to win possession back, making more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season, ranking in the 99th percentile over the past year.
Palhinha has proven that he is ready to make the step up to a team of Tottenham’s level, and Antonio Conte should make him a priority target in the summer transfer window.