TuttoMercatoWeb have asserted that rumoured Tottenham target Piero Hincapie could be available for a cut-price fee in the summer despite signing a new contract at Bayer Leverkusen.
Among the various left-sided centre-backs Spurs have been credited with an interest in over the last few months, Hincapie appears to have emerged as the North London club’s top target.
There were even suggestions that the Lilywhites made an offer of €25m (£21.9m) for the 21-year-old during last month’s transfer window (BILD) and the defender is thought to remain on the Premier League club’s radar ahead of the summer (Fabrizio Romano).
Spurs seemingly suffered a blow in their pursuit of Hincapie when Leverkusen announced last week that the centre-back has signed a contract extension until 2027 at the BayArena.
Football Insider subsequently suggested on the back of that development that the Bundesliga club are likely to demand over £50m for the Ecuadorian in the summer.
However, if TMW’s latest update is to be believed, Hincapie might be allowed to leave Leverkusen for a much lower fee.
The publication asserts that while there is no release clause in the centre-back’s contract with the German club, Xabi Alonso’s men only value the player at around €30m (£26.6m).
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Leverkusen’s main intention behind tying Hincapie down to a new deal was to ensure they would get a sizable transfer fee for the 21-year-old in the summer. The Bundesliga club will be hoping that a bidding war ensues among Premier League clubs for the player so that they can pocket close to £50m.
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