Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly lining up a summer swoop for SL Benfica’s Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic after his impressive form in the UEFA Euro 2020.
According to a report from the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are considering launching a bid for Benfica and Switzerland centre-forward Haris Seferovic as new manager Nuno Espirito Santo eyes attacking reinforcements.
Seferovic has been with Benfica for four years now, having signed in the summer of 2017 from German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt. To date, he has made 173 appearances for the Portuguese giants, scoring 69 goals and setting up 23 more. The 29-year-old enjoyed a fine 2020/21 campaign during which he plundered 22 goals in 31 Liga NOS games at a rate of one goal every 102 minutes while he set up seven more for his teammates too.
This was followed by a solid UEFA Euro 2020 campaign during which he scored three times and performed well in general, helping Switzerland make it as far as the quarter-finals, where they crashed out against Spain through a penalty shootout.
Seferovic’s exploits over the past year for club and country have now led to him gaining admirers in the Premier League. Indeed, the well-travelled forward had been linked with a move to Everton recently, with Tottenham Hotspur also now emerging as a contender for his signing.
Tottenham’s need for a new striker needs no fresh explanation. The Lilywhites are in a bit of a precarious position with regard to the future of superstar Harry Kane, who is a wanted man among the top clubs in the Premier League. Even if the England captain does end up staying, Spurs will need to bring in a suitable and reliable backup for him.
Indeed, Tottenham have no cover for Kane as things stand, having seen Carlos Vinicius’ loan deal expire. The Brazilian had arrived from Benfica on a temporary arrangement with the north Londoners retaining the option of making his transfer permanent for a fee of £36 million. However, having decided against such a move, Spurs seem to have set their sights on another Benfica striker in Seferovic.
The Portuguese giants, for their part, would be open to selling the 29-year-old this summer. While the striker£ has a buyout clause worth £50 million clause, the report states that he could be available for a fee of around £20-£25 million despite him being contracted till the summer of 2024.
It now remains to be seen whether Tottenham decide to firm up their interest in Seferovic or decide to pursue alternate options with Fiorentina youngster Dusan Vlahovic also on their radars after an impressive 2020/21 season.