The London Evening Standard has reported that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio after scouts of the club reportedly watched him play last weekend.
The January transfer window may have closed but Mauricio Pochettino appears to be focused on ways he can improve his Tottenham squad looking ahead to the summer, and the Argentine seems to be firmly on his radar.
We’ve looked at five key questions relating to the club’s reported interest.
How much would he cost?
The Standard suggests that a fee of £25 million would be required to do a deal for him. That’s a hefty amount of cash, although Tottenham would have the resources to pull off a deal if Pochettino made it clear he’s a player he wants.
What would a deal mean for the wide players already at the club?
In terms of the wide options Pochettino already has, there shouldn’t be too much movement in terms of them leaving. Salvio can play down either wing, with the paper claiming he’s stronger on the right, which means Andros Townsend could continue down the left and Erik Lamela would be free to move into a central position.
Who could make way?
While Tottenham have the resources to go after Salvio, chairman Daniel Levy may prefer to see a player, or players, make way before he comes in. Paulinho is a player who could be moved on, while Etienne Capoue was close to leaving the club last month, according to the Independent.
How did Tottenham’s apparent interest develop?
The paper claims that he first caught the attention of the club when the teams met in the Europa League last season. He featured in both legs of the tie against Tottenham.
Is he the sort of player Tottenham should be looking at?
Tottenham could well be a Champions League club next season, which will raise the question of whether the side should be looking at other targets. The club could certainly look at players who have more successful recent track records in terms of playing in the Champions League.