Contact established: Paratici is now in talks for a £20m deal, he would be Spurs’ own Van Dijk

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring David Carmo to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the summer transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by Portuguese publication A Bola (via Sport Witness), who claim that Fabio Paratici has now opened negotiations with SC Braga ahead of a move for the centre-back at the end of the season.

The report goes on to say that Borussia Dortmund have also expressed an interest in the 22-year-old, who is said to be available for a figure of around £20m this summer – although the defender has 40m euros (33 £.5 million). Release clause.

Spurs’ Van Dijk

Knowing that Paratici’s primary focus in the summer transfer window is signing a left-wing centre-back, it’s easy to see why Spurs are linked with a left-footed move for Carmo.

Indeed, despite missing the majority of the current campaign with a broken ankle, in his ten La Liga Portugal appearances following his return to action, the £9million-rated defender has impressed heavily, helping his side keep four clean sheets, as well as averaging one interception, 0.7 tackles, 3.4 clearances and 3.7 duels winning – with a 61% success rate – per game.

Those returns saw the £3,400-a-week talent average a 7.01 SofaScore Match Rating, ranking him as Carlos Carvalhal’s second-best defender and ninth-best player in the league.

However, it’s not just in domestic competition that Carmo has impressed. clearances and winning 5.4 duels – with a success rate of 69% – per game.

These measures saw the player who, according to Sam McGuire, “watch the game” an average match rating of 7.14 on SofaScore, ranking him as Braga’s fourth-best player in the competition – with the centre-back playing a key role in his club’s run to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Additionally, following Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending injury in October 2020, Twenty3 data analysts have identified Carmo as the perfect replacement for the stricken 30-year-old, the former Portugal Under-20 international. equaling the Liverpool defender in aerial duels won, defensive. duels won, long passes completed, forward passes completed, final third passes completed and fouls.

Indeed, Liverpool reportedly even made a bid for the 22-year-old the following January, however, with Ozan Kabak a more feasible option, Jurgen Klopp’s side decided to move the Turkish defender ahead of the Braga starlet.

As such, given his undoubted ability, reasonable asking price and strong left foot, it would very well seem like the defender would be a signing Conte would like to welcome to North London this summer – in addition to to be a talent who may well go on to become Tottenham’s own Van Dijk.

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