Tottenham have reportedly been informed by Sporting Lisbon that it will take a bid of around £26m to prise club captain Adrien Silva away this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino has yet to dip his toes into the transfer window waters this summer, but with a need to add quality and depth to his squad ahead of next season, it’s only a matter of time before new signings arrive.
According to Record, as per The Daily Star, Silva could be one of those new faces despite the fact that Tottenham fell badly short of their valuation of the midfielder with their opening bid.
It’s claimed that Spurs offered £17.5m for the experienced 28-year-old, and despite a release clause in his contract worth £39.5m, Sporting are said to be willing to do a deal for £26m.
In turn, it will now be up to Tottenham to meet those demands and secure an agreement, or potentially look elsewhere if they don’t believe that offers value for money.
Silva, currently on international duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup after helping his country win Euro 2016 last year, has made well over 200 appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese giants since breaking into the senior squad in 2007, while he had previously come through the youth ranks having joined the club in 2002.
In turn, it will be a major loss to see him leave the club, but it’s added in the report that Sporting won’t stand in his way provided that their valuation is met.
As for Tottenham, it’s a key signing in midfield as Pochettino will need more options next season, especially with aspirations of making an impression in the Champions League while launching another Premier League title bid.