It is open season on transfer rumours linking Tottenham Hotspur with young Brazilian football players, and the latest rumours is that Spurs are in the hunt for highly-rated Botafogo youngster Doria.
According to the Daily Mirror Botafogo have already received an offer of around € 9million from a third party, who will aim to move Doria to a club in Europe like Porto or Benfica where he can add develop as a player, adding many millions to his value in the process.
Spurs are apparently willing to match the bid, although they might need to pay more as Botafogo would retain a hefty sell-on value on Doria through the deal with the third party.
Doria is the fourth Brazilian player to be linked with a move to Spurs this summer, with Leandro Damiao, Bernard and Paulinho all rumoured to be on Andre Villas-Boas’ wish-list.
Part of the reason for this could be the impending arrival of Franco Baldini as sporting director at White Hart Lane, with the Italian apparently already working in the market for his new club despite not being formally announced.
Baldini has a fine record if bringing young South American players to Europe, and there are parallels between Doria and one of the most exciting young players he left at Roma, Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos, who is attracting interest from European powerhouses like Manchester City and Barcelona.
Baldini rates Doria as perhaps an even better prospect than Marquinhos, and this summer might be Spurs only chance to land the youngster before he moves out of their price range after establishing himself at a Portuguese club.
All of Spurs’ transfer business could yet be affected by PSG’s interest in Andre Villas-Boas, and the Tottenham board perhaps hope that by appointing Baldini and moving quickly to sign some young players from Brazil, they can demonstrate the club’s ambition to the Portuguese manager.
Villas-Boas is keen to work with a director of football, and his relationship with Baldini w is expected to form the basis of Spurs’ transfer activity this summer.
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