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Report: Tottenham interested in Shakhtar defender Ismaily

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Report: Tottenham interested in Shakhtar defender Ismaily

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Shakhtar Donetsk full-back Ismaily, according to Calciomercato.

The Brazilian has apparently emerged as a possible target for Mauricio Pochettino, who appears willing to let Danny Rose depart the club this summer.

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Ismaily, 29, has been with Shakhtar since February 2013 and has made 172 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals and making 32 assists.

He has also had stints at Portuguese clubs Braga, Olhanense and Estoril.

The star caught the eye in last season’s Champions League by scoring two goals and laying on three assists in the group stages before the Ukrainian outfit dropped into the Europa League after finishing third.


TBR’s view

Tottenham’s supposed interest in Ismaily comes fairly out of the blue.

He is not a typical Spurs target being aged 29 and having never played in a European top five league before.

Perhaps Pochettino is considering the attack-minded ace to come in and play a backup role to Ben Davies, with Rose to be sold.

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Davies has just penned a new long-term contract at the club, suggesting he will be the long-term option at left-back going forwards.

Ismaily – also a target of AS Roma who is valued at €20 million/£18 million (Corriere dello Sport, via Football Italia) – is a fantastic crosser of the ball and also has an eye for goal. Depending on price, he could be a shrewd addition for Spurs this summer.

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