€45m release clause placed on Djalo in response to reported Tottenham Hotspur interest

Sporting Lisbon

Tottenham Hotspur's chances of signing Bubacar Djalo this summer have been handed a huge blow.

Sporting Lisbon have acted to tie down reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Bubacar Djalo to a new contract, the club report on their official website.

The Mirror reported last month that the central midfield prospect, touted as the next Paul Pogba, was being targeted by Spurs as a summer addition.

It was a transfer made particularly enticing by the fact his contract was set to expire this June, and as a result Spurs could have signed him on a free transfer.

That is now no longer possible, with Djalo's new deal running until the year 2020. To make life even more complicated for Tottenham, Sporting have confirmed via their website that the contract includes a release clause of a huge sum: €45 million.

This is the same figure which exists in the contract of Portugese international midfielder William Carvalho, from which they have been unwilling to budge amid reported interest from Manchester United, cited by The Telegraph among other outlets last year.

For Spurs, the deal effectively ends their chances to sign the highly rated prospect this summer, who has now been shown a huge sign of commitment by his club and the 18-year-old is unlikely to be tempted away.

He would have been signed as a prospect, a player for the future, but with the price to sign him a steep one, Spurs will be better off keeping faith with their current midfielders, and January signing Dele Alli.

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