Granada director Pep Boada has said that Domingos Duarte, who was rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar could have potentially been sold had the North Londoners offered £30m for the player.
Spurs strengthened their backline through the additions of Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal this summer, with Juan Foyth, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier departing the club.
According to Alasdair Gold, Tottenham initially planned to sell Davinson Sanchez and bring in another central defender but the club reconsidered the decision after Nuno Espirito Santo was impressed by the Colombian during his early outings.
Duarte was one of the other centre-backs who Spurs were said to be after after, with sources from Spain claiming just ahead of the final week of the transfer window that the Lilywhites’ opening €8m (£6.8m) offer for Duarte was turned down by Granada.
Tottenham were backed to return with a second offer for the Portuguese centre-back but that offer never appeared to arrive.
Boada has now revealed that the La Liga club’s chief executive, Patricia Rodriguez, might have sold the 26-year-old if an offer of £30m had been made.
When asked about Duarte, the Granada boss told Ideal: “Maybe if they offered £30 million, (chief executive) Patricia (Rodriguez) would have liked it. I wouldn’t!”
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I would not have complained had Sanchez been sold this summer but in hindsight, I believe Nuno and Paratici have made the right call by giving the Colombian, as well as Eric Dier, a chance to prove themselves under the new set-up. The transfer fees we would have got for Sanchez and Dier this summer would have been well short of their real value on the back of their struggles last season.
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