Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to launch an initial €10 million offer for Granada defender Domingos Duarte, who has a €30 million release clause.
According to a report from Spanish publication IDEAL, Tottenham Hotspur are closely monitoring Granada CF defender Domingos Duarte over a summer transfer and are ready to make an opening offer of €10 million for the Portuguese ace.
Duarte started out at the academy of Estoril before moving to the Sporting CP youth setup where he rose through the ranks but never managed a first-team appearance. After loan spells with Belenenses, Chaves and Deportivo La Coruna, the 26-year-old signed for Granada in the summer of 2019 on a permanent basis.
Since arriving at the La Liga club, Duarte has been a regular fixture in the starting lineup, racking up 83 appearances in which he has scored four goals and set up one more. Having managed to impress for his club, the 26-year-old also broke into the Portugal national team in November last year and has featured twice for the Seleccao so far.
Duarte’s displays with Granada have seemingly led to an interest in his services from Premier League bigwigs Tottenham Hotspur. The Lilywhites have already brought in a new centre-back this summer, signing Cristian Romero from Atalanta. However, manager Nuno Espirito Santo and director Fabio Paratici remain keen on adding another centre-half before the window closes.
Such a move does make sense considering that Eric Dier has not been in the best of form for a while now while Davinson Sanchez has been largely inconsistent. With Joe Rodon also battling injuries, it would benefit Tottenham to have enough cover in the position especially if they qualify to the group stages of the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic had been touted as a top target for the north London giants, but the Serbian international has penned a new contract with the Serie A side, all but putting an end to speculations. A move for Takehiro Tomiyasu had also been mooted in the past but that trail, too, has gone cold of late.
A move for Duarte could, thus, very well be on the cards. As per the report, the 26-year-old still has two years left on his contract with Granada. It is also claimed that he has a buyout clause worth €30 million in his contract, but Spurs are now planning an opening offer of just €10 million.
It remains to be seen whether Granada are willing to entertain such a bid considering that 25% of the fee would be going to Duarte’s former club, Sporting, as per the report. For now, the 26-year-old has emerged as an option for Spurs to bolster their defensive unit.