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Worth it? Amadou Diawara will cost Tottenham Hotspur £52.4 million

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Worth it? Amadou Diawara will cost Tottenham Hotspur £52.4 million

The Guinea midfielder would become Tottenham’s record signing.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with the Guinea midfielder Amadou Diawara in recent weeks. Last month TuttoMercatoWeb reported that Tottenham had already been in touch with Napoli regarding a move for the player this summer.

Now it is being reported by Sport Mediaset that the deal is still on the table for the player, who represents a long-term investment in the middle of the park. However, the fee involved is eye-watering from Tottenham’s perspective. The Napoli midfield dynamo has a release clause of 60 million euros, which converts to around £52.4 million.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 06: Jens Toornstra of Feyenoord challenges for the ball with Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli and Amadou Diawara of SSC Napoli during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and SSC Napoli at Feijenoord Stadion on December 6, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Were Tottenham to pay that fee for the Guinea star it would smash their current transfer record. Spurs paid Ajax £42 million for Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez in the summer, according to the BBC. Bringing in Diawara for £10 million more would represent a massive investment from Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

However, Diawara would be an excellent recruit for Spurs. The centre of midfield is one area where Tottenham could improve. Mousa Dembele has rightly been heralded this season for his performances. Meanwhile, Victor Wanyama remains a reliable option in the middle of the park. But, with Dembele approaching his 30th birthday and Wanyama in mixed form Tottenham know that bringing in a fresh face to the midfield could be key to any future success.

Diawara is exactly the sort of player Mauricio Pochettino will want to work with. The midfielder is young, energetic and adaptable – the perfect combination of attributes for Spurs.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Amadou Diawara of SSC Napoli celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester City and SSC Napoli at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The price-tag is, on paper, eye-watering. However, Tottenham must be aware that a central midfield improvement is needed if they are to challenge for the Premier League title. It was an area of weakness during the Champions League defeat v Juventus and Diawara is surely seen as a key component to improving chances of silverware.

£52.4 million seems a lot of money. But if it can bring Tottenham title success, it would be a small fee to pay.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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