Transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, has now given an update to Matt Hayes’ YouTube channel on Tottenham’s pursuit of Porto winger, Luis Diaz.
Pedro Sepulveda reported yesterday that Tottenham sent an opening bid of €45m (£37.6m) plus bonuses to Porto, however, the Portuguese club want a better offer as Diaz’s release clause is £66m (The Guardian).
Romano claimed that Tottenham were ‘really serious’ about their move for the Colombian attacker, even having face-to-face meetings with Porto over it.
However, he also admitted that Spurs are falling a long way short of what the Portuguese club want for their star player, so another bid would be needed to even get to the negotiation table.
Diaz is apparently admired by Tottenham’s managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, so it remains to be seen whether the North London club return with an offer closer to the asking price.
Romano was also keen to point out that Diaz himself would not be a problem in any potential move to Tottenham as he dreams of playing in the Premier League.
Romano said (00:37 onwards): “He submitted his proposal. It was a face-to-face meeting, so Tottenham were really serious on this one. I’m told at the moment from Porto, still no intention to accept 35 or 40 million for Luis Diaz.
“They want more than this, way more than this. 60 to 65, no less than 65 to start negotiations. So it’s still complicated.
“I’m told that the player is not a big problem for this deal, so the player dreams of Premier League. I heard some reports saying the player is not keen – it’s not a big problem, the player in this story.
“The big problem is between clubs, because Porto want to make big money with Luis Diaz. So, let’s see if Tottenham will decide to try with another bid in the coming hours or if they move on, but for sure he is a target.
“He’s a player Fabio Paratici appreciates and so they are trying for him.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
There is way too much of a gap to bridge in four or five days for me to think there is any hope of this happening. I’m not quite sure what Tottenham’s plan is with this so late in the window as it seems like a non-starter, but we shall see.
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