A promising Tottenham Hotspur transfer update has now come out of Portugal involving heavily-linked Sporting Lisbon star Joao Palhinha.
The Lowdown: Spurs eye midfielder move…
Spurs boss Antonio Conte is thought to be eyeing upgrades to his midfield this summer as the Premier League top-four chasers allegedly plot a major summer overhaul.
The Telegraph recently claimed that as many as two new additions in the middle of the park could be made at Hotspur Way with both Christian Eriksen (Brentford) and Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) on the radar.
More robust options like Palhinha, repeatedly linked, are also seemingly on the table with newspaper Jornal de Notícias now sharing an update on the situation.
The Latest: Lilywhites ‘initial offer’ imminent…
According to their information (via Sport Witness), an ‘initial offer’ is expected by Tottenham ‘soon’ with Wolves also well in the hunt for Sporting’s tough-tackler.
It is also believed that Palhinha’s club, conceding defeat on his €60 million (£51m) release clause, are now willing to let him leave for around half that amount at €30m (£25m).
The Verdict: Make the move…
The 26-year-old would be a real bargain at £25m and we certainly agree Spurs transfer chief Fabio Paratici should table the initial bid soon.
According to WhoScored, no Sporting player has averaged more tackles per 90 (3) domestically this season with Palhinha also drawing the joint-most fouls – backing just how tricky he can be to come up against.
Members of the media have lavished the ‘sensational player’ as an ‘artist’ over the course of 2021/2022 (Josh Bunting, Islington Gazette) and it’s little wonder, with acclaim and numbers like these, that top English sides have the Portugal international in their sights.
In other news: Paratici also eyeing ‘world class’ player move tipped to ‘excite’ Spurs supporters…find out more here.
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