Roma defender Bruno Peres has revealed that Tottenham tried to sign him last summer.
Peres, 26, had emerged in his native Brazil with Audax Sao Paulo, Bragantino, Guarani and Santos before Torino snapped him up in the summer of 2014.
The pacey full back featured on both sides of the Torino defence in his first season with the club, but became the first-choice right back following Matteo Darmian's move to Manchester United in 2015.
Torino's Bruno Peres
With three goals and four assists in 31 Serie A appearances last season, Peres impressed for Torino, and left the club last summer for a season-long loan deal with Italian rivals Roma, with the move set to become permanent at the end of the season.
However, Peres has now been speaking to Goal about a number of topics, including how his move to Roma came about last summer, with the right back revealing interest from other clubs.
Peres claims that he had 'concrete offers' from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, though they found Torino president Urbano Cairo difficult to deal with.
Bruno Peres (R)
Peres added that Roma then entered the race having tried to sign him in January 2016, and given that he didn't need to adjust to life in a new country, he chose to join Roma.
“There were a lot of things, some concrete offers…there was Manchester City, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Milan,” revealed Peres. “They were interested but found resistance from the president of Torino, who is a very complicated guy.”
“Soon after, Roma appeared; a club that had shown an interest in signing me during the previous transfer window. A great club, structured, with a lot of history, where I can continue growing my career without having to make a radical change of life,” he added.
Strong, fast and attack-minded, Peres possesses many similar attributes to Tottenham's current first-choice right back Kyle Walker, meaning that any move from Mauricio Pochettino's men could have been with a view to making him a like-for-like backup.
If Tottenham did, as Peres claims, make a move for the player, it suggests that Spurs may be open to letting Kieran Trippier leave the club, with the right back no doubt looking for first-team football having struggled for playing time following a 2015 move from Burnley.
Peres fits the bill for Spurs, but with a permanent move to Roma likely to go through at the end of the season, it seems that Tottenham have missed out – and it will be interesting to see whether they make moves for any other right backs at the end of the season.
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