French publication Onze Mondial have revealed that AS Monaco beat competition from Tottenham Hotspur to land Vanderson back in January.
Vanderson made his name after breaking into the starting lineup of Brazilian top-flight club Gremio, and the marauding right-back reportedly caught the attention of several European clubs last year.
Brazilian publication Globo Esporte reported that Tottenham requested information about the right-back in the summer of 2021 but Gremio refused to enter into talks over the defender’s sale.
Meanwhile, UOL reported last December that the 21-year-old was on the radars of Spurs, Newcastle and Brentford ahead of January, with the Bees thought to be leading the race for the defender.
However, it was Monaco who won the race for Vanderson, with the Ligue 1 snapping up the youngster for €11m (£9.6m) in January.
Since his move to France, the right-back has continued to grow in stature, and if Onze Mondial’s latest update is to be believed, clubs from across Europe are continuing to watch his progress.
Vanderson was asked about the interest from Tottenham and why he chose to move to Monaco, and the full-back is quoted as telling the publication: “Yes, it’s true. There were interests from English, Italian and Russian clubs. But when Monaco arrived, I knew a lot of Brazilians had succeeded here. And with an ambitious project, it was the right club to achieve my career goals.”
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I would not be too surprised if Spurs are back in the market for a right wing-back again next summer, given that Emerson has clear shortcomings in his attacking play and Doherty will be 31 years of age in January. Let us hope Spence has the desired impact when he eventually gets his opportunities.
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