According to L’Equipe, Tottenham wanted to sign Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Abdou Diallo this summer but were put off by the French club’s valuation of the player.
After being linked with a whole host of left-sided centre-back over the last couple of months (Football.London), Spurs finally confirmed the signing of Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona last week.
RMC Sport reported last week that Diallo was one of the options Tottenham were exploring for the left centre-back role after the 26-year-old fell out of favour in Paris.
This has now been backed up by L’Equipe, who state that Spurs enquired about Diallo’s availability to the French club.
However, it is asserted that Antonio Conte’s men were ‘scared off’ by PSG’s €30m (£25.3m) asking price for the centre-back, and turned to Lenglet instead.
The report alleges that the Ligue 1 giants want to recoup the full fee that they paid to Borussia Dortmund for the Senegal international, who is also said to be of interest to AC Milan.
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We know that Paratici likes to negotiate for several players for each position, and so, an enquiry from Tottenham does not necessarily mean there was concrete interest.
It will be interesting to see if we look to sign another centre-back this summer after the capture of Lenglet. That could well depend on the futures of Rodon, Tanganga and Sanchez.
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