Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly opened ‘negotiations’ to sign Braga defender David Carmo this summer, according to a Portuguese source.
The Lowdown: Carmo profiled
Despite the centre-back’s current contract with the Archbishops not set to expire until 2025, there have recently been many reports linking Carmo with a move to the English top flight, with Spurs said to be just one of several Premier League clubs interested.
The Latest: Negotiations underway
Following a fresh update from Portuguese newspaper A Bola (via Sport Witness), it is claimed that the Lilywhites’ pursuit of the player is now very serious, with both Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund ‘moving’ for the £9m-rated ace.
The article added that both clubs have had their boards ‘opening negotiations’ with Braga ahead of a potential deal during the upcoming transfer window.
It has also been reported that the price tag of the 6 foot 5 colossus has been cut in half, with the likelihood being that Carmo would be let go for £20m, even though his release clause is set at €40m.
The Verdict: Rodon replacement?
The talented prospect has been an absolute rock at the heart of the Braga defence this season, especially given his impressive form in the Europa League, in which he has averaged an outstanding 6.2 clearances, 1.8 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per 90 minutes, via WhoScored.
Carmo, who has been hailed a “fantastic” player by his manager Carlos Carvalhal, is naturally a left-sided centre-back and could therefore be viewed as a perfect fit for Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation.
Will Tottenham finish in the top 4 this season?
With Joe Rodon likely to leave N17 this summer, the Aveiro native could be an ideal replacement for the Welshman ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, hopefully providing some serious competition for the likes of Cristian Romero and Eric Dier.
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