Transfer Talk: Spurs launch mission for Porto star Diaz

Rob Ellis
Porto's Luis Diaz has caught the eye of a number of top Premier League clubs
Porto's Luis Diaz has caught the eye of a number of top Premier League clubs

Tottenham have made a late effort to win the race to sign Porto winger Luis Diaz.

The Colombian ace had been linked with a £60million move to Liverpool earlier this month but Antonio Conte has now urged Spurs chiefs to bring him to North London.

According to the Guardian, an initial bid of £37.6m — way short of the South American’s £66m release clause — has been rebuffed.

But with time running out before Monday's transfer deadline, Conte is eager to close a deal.

Diaz, 25, has also been linked with Manchester United in the past and is regarded as one of the most talented prospects on the continent.

The attacker shone at last year’s Copa America, sharing the tournament’s Golden Boot with Lionel Messi thanks to his four goals.

Spurs are hoping to pip their Premier League rivals to the coveted signature, while also looking to offload their unwanted underperformers.

Six clubs have now shown interest in Dele Alli. The Daily Mail report Newcastle, Borussia Dortmund, Brighton, Everton and Burnley are all in negotiations, while the Daily Echo say Southampton are also in contention.

The future of Tanguy Ndombele looks unclear however, with TeamTalk claiming Everton are keen to scupper a proposed loan agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.

In other news

Eddie Howe has failed to sign two of his key transfer targets
Eddie Howe has failed to sign two of his key transfer targets

Newcastle have received a double blow in their transfer search. The Magpies are running out of time to land Jesse Lingard, with the Athletic reporting that talks are at an impasse.

Similarly, Fabrizio Romano has it on good authority that Sevilla are unwilling to reach an agreement for defender Diego Carlos

St James' Park boss Eddie Howe will now turn his attention to Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, according to Football London, and aim to fight off Inter Milan and Juventus for Atalanta’s Robin Gosens.

Goal say the Tynesiders are likely to miss out, however.

Lastly, Football Italia have AC Milan as the new favourites to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.

The Athletic understands offloading the Gabonese striker's wages will help the Gunners fund a huge squad overhaul, with Everton marksman Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wolves maestro Ruben Neves and Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz all on Mikel Arteta’s radar.


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