Tottenham Hotspur have held talks with the Flamengo midfielder Gerson’s representatives and are willing to pay €18m to bring the player to North London, according to Goal.com. However, according to the report, Gerson prefers to stay with his current employers and continue working alongside Jorge Jesus.
The article goes on to claim that Jose Mourinho’s side has been monitoring the player since December, just a short while after he took over the reins from Mauricio Pochettino. The left-footed midfielder, who is also comfortable playing on the right flank (as per Transfermarkt.co.uk) has not spoken about the topic openly but it is alleged that his desire to earn a place in the Brazilian national team is one of the reasons he returned to the country of his birth.
The 23-year-old initially moved to Europe from Fluminense, joining the Serie A giants Roma in July 2016 in a deal reportedly worth £16.74m. The Giallorossi loaned Gerson out to Fiorentina before they decided to sell the player to Flamengo and recuperate £10.62m of their initial investment (via Transfermarkt.co.uk).
Mourinho’s current midfield options include Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Gedson Fernandes, and Eric Dier but based on this report, it appears the two-time UEFA Champions League winner is looking to strengthen his team further in that area which may suggest we could see one or two depart this summer if he’s able to get his man.
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It seems Gerson is happy to stay where he is for the time being, however, Jorge Jesus is only contracted to remain at the Maracana until June 2021 and it is unknown if the player would be happy to remain in Rio de Janeiro without the coach with whom he clearly enjoys working.
Given the noises coming out of the player’s camp in regards to the reasons he moved back to Brazil and his desire to establish himself as a regular for the Seleção, we believe he would be after guarantees regarding playing time if he were to move to North London.