If Tottenham Hotspur were hopeful of finding any discounts in the negotiations for Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa, perhaps they should forget about that.
As Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã today covers the recent news from the English media which said Spurs are preparing an offer for the 23-year-old, they only mention the player’s price once.
All the outlet does is to point out that Costa is protected by a €75m release clause. A ‘high amount but not stratospheric and perfectly within reach of top English clubs’, they say.
In other words, the Correio da Manhã firmly believes that Tottenham would need to pay that up to sign Diogo Costa, and doesn’t expect Porto to negotiate his price much.
The goalkeeper used to have a €60m release clause, and Porto, who knew about his appreciation in the European market, raised that price by giving him a new contract in November.
It’s also been said that Porto need to make €50m before investing in the summer market, so that may be something for Spurs to use on their side during the negotiations.