Tottenham are ready to sign a Brazilian centre-back from Udinese, who is also on the radars of Arsenal and Everton.
Rodrigo Becao’s name has come up quite a bit in the Italian media in recent days, with a trio of Premier League clubs as well as Inter Milan and Torino all interested in his services.
Tutto Udinese claimed last week that Spurs are ready to make a bid to sign the defender.
This has been supported this week by Messaggero Veneto. They reported that the 26-year-old is wanted by many clubs, but that Tottenham and Inter are leading the way.
The report adds that scholarship wants to insert a fixed price into his contract, should he choose to sign a new one at Udinese.
The Brazilian’s deal expires in 2024, so his current club is trying to agree a new one.
Despite the looks of admiration from Inter and Torino, Messaggero Veneto adds that the player himself favors a change of scenery and a move to England.
Becao has received the ‘most interesting offers’ of the Premier League, with Everton want him to replace Yerry Mina.
The Colombian international’s four-year spell with the Toffees has been plagued by injuries. He recently returned to action after an 86-day absence in a disastrous 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
Now Everton are reportedly set to part ways with Mina. In fact, the defender is currently the club’s highest earner on wages of £120,000-a-week.
Arsenal want to add another Brazilian centre-back to the mix to compete with the impressive Gabriel and William Saliba.
Conte is desperate to get a new centre-back
However, it is the Spurs who undoubtedly have the greatest need for a centre-back.
Antonio Conte always lines up with a back three, but his current options are worrying him.
Eric Dier’s form has dipped alarmingly since winning England’s retirement, while Cristian Romero has been plagued by injuries and Clement Lenglet has yet to show the qualities to tempt Tottenham into turning the his loan from Barcelona on a permanent contract.
Ben Davies has been the most consistent of the three when asked. But ironically, he remains the one Conte wants to replace.
Whether Becao, who has yet to be snapped up by Brazil, could bring his form from Italy to England is another question.
To that end, his signing could be seen as a gamble. But with Conte struggling to land Alessandro Bastoni from Inter, he could be forced to look elsewhere.
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