Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: The Spurs are set to have an eventful transfer window under Antonio Conte in the summer. Owing to this, the North London club is prioritizing a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha!
Antonio Conte has been very vocal about making quality additions to his squad in the summer. Tottenham Hotspur owner Daniel Levy is reportedly looking to fulfill his wishes in order to show that the club is “ambitious”.
The Italian tactician has taken Tottenham from a midtable spot to the brink of Champions League qualification since his arrival. But Antonio Conte was not very happy with the management after a disappointing January transfer window.
There have been concerns that Antonio Conte could be leaving in the summer after rumours linked him with Paris Saint-Germain. Hence, Tottenham Hotspur want add quality players like Joao Palhinha and others to the squad as they look to retain their manager.
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Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: As per the Mirror, the Spurs are being linked with Joao Palhinha in the summer. The 26-year-old currently plies his trade with Sporting Lisbon in the Liga Portugal.
This would not be the first time that the Spurs would approach Joao Palhinha. The North London club were linked with the Sporting Lisbon player in the summer. But the Portuguese club rejected their advances for an attempted loan deal.
Nuno Espirito Santo was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur back then. Even though the Portuguese manager has been sacked, the Spurs have retained their interest in the central midfielder as they look to sign him in the summer.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are also interested in Palhinha. But the Spurs are reportedly looking to outbid their Premier League rivals. As per reports, Sporting Lisbon value the midfielder at around £35 million. Hence it would certainly not be a cheap deal for the Spurs.
Having graduated from the youth team, João Palhinha has played 90+ games for Sporting Lisbon in all competitions. The midfielder has also represented Braga, Belenenses, and Moreirense in the Liga Portugal over the years.
Owing to his prowess, Joao Palhinha was called up to the Portuguese national team in 2021. He has since scored 2 goals in 12 games for the Selecao and would certainly be a shortlist for the 2022 World Cup squad.
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Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: As per reports, Pierre-Emile Hojberg is being scouted by Newcastle United presently. Hence the Spurs could quite possibly lose out on their “midfield rock” if the Tyneside club manages to convince Hojberg for a move.
The Sporting Lisbon star would certainly be a good replacement for the Danish star. But if Tottenham Hotspur manage to sign Joao Palhinha, it would be his first stint outside of Portugal. Hence if signed, the player would have to justify his signing in the first few months to become a hit under Antonio Conte.
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