Tottenham Hotspur are believed to have submitted an improved offer for Granada CF centre-back Domingos Duarte, as they eye further defensive reinforcements [Fichajes via Sport Witness].
The Lowdown: Defensive solidity becomes a focus for Spurs in 2021/22
Starting off 2021/22 with consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League, Nuno Espirito Santo will be keen to continue this defensive consistency, whilst using it as a platform to mount a challenge for Champions League qualification this season.
Identifying the need for fresh blood at the back, the Portuguese coach has recently brought in Argentina international Cristian Romero [Guardian]. It seems he’s not done yet, as the Lilywhites may be set to move closer to signing another defender owing to claims in the Spanish media.
Would Duarte be a good signing for Tottenham Hotspur?
The Latest: Tottenham submit improved offer for Duarte
Tottenham are said to have put forward a second bid for 6 foot 4 Duarte, after their first proposal of around €8 million (£6.8m) was turned down by the La Liga outfit [Fichajes via Sport Witness].
There is no mention of the fee or structure in the second bid or whether it will be accepted by Granada CF.
The 26-year-old is rumoured to have a release clause of €30 million in his contract, but his club are seeking to sell him for €18 million (£15.4m) according to Tribal Football.
The Verdict: Spurs should look to sign dominant Duarte
Needing to conclude business swiftly with the window nearing an end, Duarte would be an encouraging signing that would add some leadership and a dominant presence to the Spurs backline, even if not a guaranteed starter.
In 2020/21 he was ever present, registering a solitary goal in 42 appearances for his current employers in all competitions [Transfermarkt].
Furthermore, the Portugal international showed his ability to attack the ball effectively, winning an average of 1.7 aerial duels per fixture across this timeframe [WhoScored].
Once described as someone who “oozes calm and confidence” by La Liga Lowdown pundit Heath Chesters, Spurs could secure an effective back-up for whoever earns the first XI spot alongside big money signing Romero.
In other news, Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a move for a La Liga ace. Find out who here.
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