Following Napoli’s interest in Boca Juniors midfielder Agustin Almendra, a number of other clubs have been linked with a move for the Argentine, including Tottenham.
Il Mattino mentioned Spurs’ name in passing, adding Inter, Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica had also joined Carlo Ancelotti’s side and Monaco in the race to sign the 19-year-old.
On Friday, AS’s Argentinian website provide a bit more detail on where Mauricio Pochettino and co. stand regarding a transfer for Almendra, and it’s positive.
The owner of a €27m release clause in his contract with Boca Juniors, the young midfielder could quickly find himself with an offer from Spurs in front of him.
AS state Tottenham ‘will attempt to convince the player’ a move to London is best, and will go ahead and pay the required sum once that’s done, rather than doing it the other way around.
While not the most conventional (or, technically, legal) approach, it does avoid other clubs panic-triggering the clause as well, allowing the Premier League side more time to hopefully hash out a deal with Almendra (most likely via intermediaries).
On the other hand, Porto, who are also keen, want to try and negotiate a lower price, purchasing only a portion of the player, which would then allow Boca to take a cut from any future transfer down the line.
For Spurs fans, this suggests we could see some movement in the near future, and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for anything worth mentioning.