Tottenham Hotspur has slapped a £20 Million price tag on midfield powerhouse Sandro, who is a prime target of Italian Serie A side Napoli.
English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur has a plethora of midfield options available at their disposal. New manager Mauricio Pochettino will have apprehensions about the type of players he has at his disposal in defence and attack, wingers are also an area of concern. But when to comes to central midfield the new incumbent is blessed with the problem of plenty.
The arrival of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue last summer to an existing array of Moussa Dembele, Sandro, Lewis Holtby gave new dimensions to Tottenham midfield. A number of promising youngsters are also in the competition for places in midfield in which Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll are the prominent characters. The sales of Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore has opened up spaces in midfield, but Tottenham still possess ample options in the middle of the park. The likes of Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Gylfi Sigurdsson has also played in that role, which increases the competition for places.
Sandro’s impressive career was halted by an injury in the last 18 months. A fan favouite at Tottenham, nicknamed as The Beast, the Brazilian was one of the first names in the team sheet in 2012-13 season. During the tenure of Tim Sherwood, Sandro has found it difficult to make it to the bench, which prompted inquiries from clubs across Europe.
Earlier, Tottenham and Napoli were involved in talks over Brazil International Sandro. Even though some reports said that Sandro has agreed on a move to Napoli, nothing happened since then and Sandro returned to Tottenham for pre-season training. Coppa Italia champions Napoli are still keen on a defensive midfielder, with Sandro top of their priority list containing Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin. Inter Milan and Russian side Zenit St.Petersburg are also interested in securing Sandro’s signature.
Italian transfer expert Giancarlo Di Marzio’s views are interesting in this regard: “Napoli are looking for a new midfielder this summer. After the deal with Gonalons rejected, the Neapolitans have shifted their attention to Sandro, Brazilian midfielder from Tottenham. The English club are asking for 25 million euros, a price tag considered too high by De Laurentiis. The feeling is that the deal could be closed with 18 million plus bonuses. Sandro moving to Napoli is more than an idea. Napoli will make an attempt to sign him.”
New manager Mauricio Pochettino might be keen on extending Sandro’s 4-year stay at Tottenham and has slapped a £20 Million price tag. The Brazilian enforcer has two years remaining on his contract, and putting such a price to the player shows his value and importance to the club. Napoli are unlikely to pay that fee, and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to bow down to his opposite numbers demands. On the other hand if Tottenham gets their evaluation for Sandro, and replacement in veteran Esteban Cambiasso, there won’t be too many complaints from the board either.