No Tottenham offer for 18-year-old ‘new Pogba’, confirms agent

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Bubacar Djalo’s agent has confirmed that the youngster has not received an offer from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 18-year-old defensive midfielder was linked with a transfer to White Hart Lane by the Mirror, who claimed that Spurs would look to secure him on a free transfer with his contract expiring.

Djalo has made five appearances in the UEFA Youth League this season, scoring one goal and registering one assist, and his style of play has led to comparisons with Juventus superstar Paul Pogba, who he has been likened to in that Mirror report. He is a regular in the junior ranks or Portuguese club Sporting CP, although he has yet to make a professional appearance for their senior side.

With Spurs currently building their team around youth, following the purchase of Dele Alli alongside Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, it would come as no surprise to see the Lilywhites take their interest in Djalo one step further and make a formal offer, utilising the expiration of his contract to ensure the signing only costs a minimal compensation fee.

While Spurs’ interest is certainly a sign that they intend to keep building for the future, it has been confirmed by Djalo’s agent that the North London club have yet to submit an offer for the youngster - who can represent either Portugal or Guinea-Bissau at international level.

Speaking to Portuguese media outlet O Jogo, Pedro Torrao claimed that he has received nothing concerning a potential transfer to England, and admitted that he wants to see Djalo continue his career with Sporting, as it is best for him.

“So far, we have got nothing,” the agent said. “The best thing for him is to continue to evolve with Sporting.”

Whilst Djalo’s agent clearly feels as if staying in Portugal is best for his career, there is no doubt that a transfer to the Premier League could turn the youngster’s head. And, with Mauricio Pochettino’s preference to utilise youth, Djalo could secure a transfer to White Hart Lane safe in the knowledge that a position in the first-team is up for grabs.

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