Fabrizio Romano claims Tottenham are discussing ‘verbal proposal’ to sign player Conte admires

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Fabrizio Romano has revealed Tottenham are in discussions with Leeds about making a verbal proposal to sign Raphinha, with Antonio Conte said to be a fan of the winger. 

Spurs are reportedly in the market to bring in another forward this summer ahead of Steven Bergwijn’s proposed exit to Ajax (Charlie Eccleshare). 

Everton’s Richarlison has appeared high on their shortlist of late after the club backed away from the pursuit of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus (Evening Standard). 

But The Athletic note Spurs are similarly interested in acquiring Raphinha, who is also on the radars of Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona this summer. 

Romano has since revealed that while it is a competitive race, Tottenham are in talks with Leeds over a verbal proposal to land the 25-year-old who is admired highly by head coach Conte. 

He said on his YouTube channel: “Tottenham, they are really interested in Raphinha. They are discussing with Leeds of a potential verbal proposal. So, Tottenham are also in the race. 

“I understand that Antonio Conte is a big fan of the player, but at the same point they know it is a really competitive deal with many clubs into it. 

“So, Tottenham and Arsenal – both clubs don’t want to pay crazy money. They want to pay the right money and they don’t want to enter into a bidding war. 

“This is why, at the moment, all the talks are verbal on Tottenham’s side and Arsenal made an opening proposal – a written proposal in that case.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Transfers that are expected to cost a lot will always take time, but Spurs may need to make their mark known fairly soon to avoid disappointment. 

Raphinha is an excellent player and would definitely add depth to the wide areas, but the interest in him is so competitive that a deal could drag out. 

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