Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has been discussing Tottenham Hotspur and their interest in Luis Diaz.
Goals are something that Antonio Conte’s men have struggled with so far this season, as only one player has been able to get into double digits for goals in all competitions this season – that being Harry Kane.
That statistic is reflected in the fact that Spurs currently have the fewest goals of anyone in the top seven of the league at present, with 26 from their opening 20 games.
The 25-year-old certainly knows where the goal is, having scored 41 in his 125 appearances for FC Porto so far, including 16 so far this season.
Speaking on Sky Sports News’ The Transfer Show, Solhekol revealed some of the details behind Spurs’ chase for the Colombian and seemed to hint that the deal was possible – but that the clubs weren’t quite seeing eye to eye when it came to their valuation of the player.
He said: “Spurs are in talks to sign Luis Diaz from Porto. Portuguese sources have told us that Spurs are willing to pay €45m for him plus €10m in add-ons, so that is a total of €55m. Porto, I think, want about €60m, so the two clubs not that far apart.”
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Solhekol’s comments are beginning to sound a little bit like déjà vu for Tottenham Hotspur, because this sounds like a deal that could fall short because of Daniel Levy and his well-known reputation when it comes to spending money in the transfer market.
Given Diaz’s goal threat, he comes across as someone who would be ideal for Tottenham to bring in this window, as he could provide them with a huge boost in front of goal as they hunt down a place in the Champions League.
You just have to hope that Levy will see sense in this situation and not let a relatively small amount of extra money to meet Porto’s asking price – which he could easily get back if Spurs were to qualify for the competition – stand between them and a place in Europe’s top-tier tournament.