Internacional Will Only Sell Tottenham Target Leandro Damiao For £47m

Spurs and City must pay mega-bucks for Olympic star.Internacional have told Tottenham and Manchester City they will only let Brazil star Leandro Damiao leave the club for huge sums of money.

The 23-year-old has been in superb form for Brazil at London 2012, blasting six goals in four games to propel them to the final.

But Internacional president Giovanni Luigi insists they are a rich club and are under no pressure to sell Leandro Damiao for below his £47m release clause.

“I think it’s very hard for the transfer to happen unless Tottenham pay the €60million (£47m) buyout fee that is included in his contract,” Luigi told O Jogo.

“Leandro Damiao has four more years on his contract. He is a very well paid player and has nothing to complain about.

“And we don’t need to sell. We are a rich club with an enviable structure.”

SOURCE: London 24

Oh dear. Just when it looked as if Tottenham were finally closing in on a striker, Internacional drop this bombshell.

It’s worth noting that Spurs current transfer record is the £16.5m the north Londoners paid Blackburn for David Bentley in 2008 (depressing, isn’t it?) so somehow a £47m bid for Damiao seems unlikely – even if they do managed to squeeze the majority of that from Real Madrid for Luka Modric.

Chairman Daniel Levy is notoriously thrifty and is more likely to add a decimal point and start the bidding at £4.7m for the 23-year-old Olympic sensation.

As for City, it is hard to believe their interest in the powerful finisher is genuine – the Champions are simply frying bigger fish. While Tottenham will struggle to compete in the top bracket financially (at least until they receive new investment or build a new stadium) and must gamble on unproven stars, City have the luxury of being able to attract any striker in the world.

With Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Fernando Llorente and Edinson Cavani all potentially available for the right price this summer and all proven at the top level of European football, it looks unlikely that City will pursue Damiao, particularly on the back of the most token of major international tournaments.

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