Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Tomas Taveres could leave Benfica by the end of the week after featuring for the Portuguese giants’ reserve team in recent days, according to A Bola.
Two years after Jose Mourinho snapped up one of the most highly rated right-backs in Europe from a bonafide Portuguese powerhouse, the Spurs boss could repeat the trick in north London.
The Mirror (23 August, page 58) reports that Tavares, who shares more than a few similarities with Diego Dalot, is a target for the Premier League outfit.
After Tottenham brought Sergio Reguilon to England, it seems Mourinho and co will turn their attention to the opposite flank, especially with Serge Aurier potentially set to depart for Russia before the October transfer deadline.
Tavares, at 19, wouldn’t be a regular starter at Tottenham but he doesn’t need to be.
Matt Doherty already looks set to make the right-back spot his own, with the Portuguese youth star capable of offering some much-needed cover as Mourinho battles with a gruelling fixture list.
Tavares has been training with Benfica’s B team recently, with veteran coach Jorge Jesus deciding against offering the teenager a first-team role (Mais).
A Bola now claims he could bid farewell by the end of the week as his exit appears imminent.
Benfica will let Tavares leave on an initial loan deal with an option to buy clause set at about £30 million.
Tottenham Hotspur’s summer signings
£15 million; Southampton
£13 million; Wolves
£25 million; Real Madrid
Loan; Real Madrid