Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Tottenham are on the verge of abandoning their race for Willian Jose after failing to agree a fee with Real Sociedad for the transfer of the striker.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on adding a centre forward to the squad this window in order to replace the injured Harry Kane and Jose is one of several names linked heavily with a move to Spurs (The Sun).
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reported a few days ago that Spurs were in advanced talks to sign the 28-year-old.
Spanish publication El Diario Vasco initially reported that Real Sociedad wanted Spurs to pay Jose’s full £60 million release clause but a report from the Telegraph suggested that Spurs were hoping to complete the deal for just £18 million.
Balague now reports that Sociedad are still insisting that Spurs pay the Brazilian’s full release clause while the Lilywhites have only offered €15 million.
Balague claims that the deal is now on the verge of collapsing. He took to social media to post the following:
At this point, the Willian Jose move to #Spurs is close to be dead. Spurs have not offered enough money (around €15m, his buy out clause €70m). Spurs saying Spanish media has been more optimistic than they are right now. pic.twitter.com/isi6zUSewl
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 26, 2020
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Jose’s fantastic hold-up play and aerial prowess makes him an ideal target for us since we seem to be lacking a target man up front. However, there is no way that the Brazilian is worth anywhere near £60 million and so I am not surprised that the club have chosen to walk away from the deal.
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