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Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of signing Ruben Dias from Benfica have been played down by Football London.

Dias has emerged as a possible centre-back target for Tottenham in recent weeks, but Benfica want big money for the Portuguese international.

And Football London say that even though Jose Mourinho is a massive fan of the powerful defender, Tottenham will struggle to afford his asking price.

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Benfica have been knocked out of the Champions League before the group stages which will hurt their finances, but still seemingly want big money for Dias.

The 23-year-old is arguably their most valuable current player and with Spurs spending fairly hefty sums to bring in Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale, their budget is now very limited.

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Mourinho is still chasing a centre-back, but Dias may simply be impossible to sign, and that will be a disappointment at Spurs.

For all the good work they have done in the transfer market, there is still a recognition that their squad isn’t totally complete yet, and landing a new central defender before the end of the summer could be key to their chances of success.

Tottenham Hotspur’s summer signings

  1. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

    £15 million; Southampton

  2. Joe Hart

    Free

  3. Matt Doherty

    £13 million; Wolves

  4. Sergio Reguilon

    £25 million; Real Madrid

  5. Gareth Bale

    Loan; Real Madrid

  6. Carlos Vinicius

    Loan; Benfica

  7. Joe Rodon

    £12 million; Swansea

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