Tottenham Hotspur are firmly in the race to sign William Carvalho from Real Betis this summer, accoring to reports.
The 59-cap Portugal international is widely expected to leave the Benito Villamarin Stadium in the summer. Carvalho’s current contract will run out in 2023 but Betis could be forced to offload some of their key players as they are facing financial pressures.
According to Transfer20, Spurs are closely monitoring the situation, despite maintaining their interest in Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. However, they face stiff competition from Leeds United and Leicester City, who are also keeping tabs on the defensive midfielder.
Betis have slapped an asking price of €25m (£22m) on Carvalho’s head even though he is not pushing for an exit. Although Leicester are reportedly leading the race to sign the 28-year-old in the summer, they are not prepared to meet their valuation after missing out on Champions League qualification.
Spurs are considering signing the Portuguese midfielder as the Lilywhites are close to completing a deal with Inter Milan to sell Tanguy Ndombele.
While Daniel Levy has insisted that Tottenham’s record signing is not for sale, having the chance to sign someone as talented as Carvalho is too good an opportunity to ignore. If Ndombele leaves, Mourinho will need to find a suitable replacement, and his compatriot fits the type of player he is looking for.
After arriving in Spain from Sporting Lisbon on a five-year-deal in 2018, Carvalho played 30 games in La Liga last season, supplied five assists and averaged 1.5 tackles and one clearance per game (via WhoScored). He has struggled with injuries this season but still managed to make 13 appearances in the Spanish top flight.
Standing at 1,87m tall, Carvalho cuts an imposing figure in the middle of the park, and he could be a shrewd signing to make in the summer transfer window.
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