Report: Tottenham set sights on 6ft 5in colossus who's been compared to Van Dijk, £20m price tag
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly entered the race for Braga defender David Carmo.
The Sunday Mirror (01/05, p73) was first to link Spurs with the 22-year-old centre-back.
Then, Portuguese outlet A Bola built on the Sunday Mirror’s initial report.
They claimed that Tottenham ‘want revenge on Liverpool’ by landing Carmo ahead of the Reds.
In January, Spurs made a move for Luis Diaz, only for Jurgen Klopp’s side to swoop in and sign him instead.
A Bola now claims Tottenham do not want Liverpool to beat them to another Primeira Liga star.
The Premier League duo apparently also have competition from the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.
Carmo reportedly has a 40m release clause (£34m), which Spurs shouldn’t have any problem paying.
And the Sunday Mirror suggested he might even cost as little as £20m.
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Tottenham could do with bolstering their defensive ranks and increase their strength in depth ahead of next season.
Carmo, a young left-footed defender who stands 6ft 5in tall, would be a good shout for Antonio Conte’s side.
He has spent time on the sidelines this season due to an ankle fracture, but is now fit and starting regularly again.
Carmo was also linked with Manchester United in the past.
The Manchester Evening News claimed in November 2020 that Carmo has earned comparisons with Virgil van Dijk.
And former Braga youth coach Jose Carvalho Araujo compared Carmo to Sergio Ramos (Noticias Ao Minuto).
Though Liverpool are a very appealing club, they might not be able to offer Carmo much game time.
Klopp already has Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate in his ranks.
Tottenham are likely to give Carmo more starts and more game time.
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