Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly hoping to secure the services of Dodo, notably tabling a €20 million bid for the Shakhtar Donetsk star.
According to Globo Esporte, Tottenham Hotspur have expressed their desire to sign Dodo. They had even tabled a €20 million bid for the young defender, though Shakhtar Donetsk have been swift to reject the proposal. The Ukrainian giants had also declined a €25 million offer from Bayern Munich.
But despite their refusal, Tottenham are continuing talks with Shakhtar over a potential switch this summer. The 22-year-old Brazilian defender has a long-term contract in Ukraine, giving Shakhtar the leverage of hold out for a higher fee.
Dodo has established himself as a quality player since joining the club in 2018. He has featured in 77 competitive appearances, scoring five goals and registering 14 assists, helping them win the league and the cup once.
Despite standing at just 1.66m tall, the Brazilian has earned a reputation for being one of the best right-backs playing in Europe, particularly due to his technical prowess and dynamism out wide.
It bodes well for a Tottenham Hotspur side that lacks quality depth in the right-back position. Their current options in Matt Doherty and Serge Aurier have both struggled to make an impact and are facing an uncertain future at the club.
Spurs have already brought in Cristian Romero from Atalanta this summer but have not had any luck when it comes to a right-back. Hence, their desire to sign Dodo is not surprising at all, as new coach Nuno Espirito Santo looks to nestle out one of the most glaring problems in defence.
At the same time, though, spending a fortune on Dodo could turn out to be a risky move for Tottenham, knowing they are being forced to operate with a thin budget. The club already needs additional funding for their pursuit of another top defensive target in Takehiro Tomiyasu, while Denis Zakaria has recently emerged as a midfield target for the club.
As such, spending over €30 million for a player who is yet to make a name for himself in Europe’s top five leagues might not be a prudent move for the club. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if the 22-year-old Brazilian defender ends up joining Spurs soon.