Report: Spurs want £45m-rated star who Mourinho once handed senior debut to

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are vying to sign Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente this summer, according to the latest reports from Spain.

Llorente came through Real Madrid’s youth system and it was Jose Mourinho who handed him his senior debut for Los Blancos.

The Spanish international failed to make the grade at the Santiago Bernabeu but has been one of the most consistent defenders in La Liga since his move to Sociedad in 2017.

The 26-year-old is versatile, capable of playing at centre-back, right-back, and defensive midfield. AS now reports that Tottenham are locked in a battle with Liverpool and West Ham United to sign the Sociedad star this summer.

The report reveals that Llorente has a £45 million release clause in his contract. The defender, who is said to have come close to joining Monaco during the January transfer window, is expected to make a decision on his future in the coming months.

Spurs Web Opinion

Signing Diego Llorente would make a lot of sense for us as he would be able to provide cover in multiple areas where we are short of options. He also fits the profile of a Jose-type player. However, I doubt if any club, including us, will be willing to meet his release clause.

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