It’s unlike Porto to miss out on a young South American talent with the potential to be sold for a big profit in the future, but they have been edged out by Monaco to the €10m capture of Guido Carrillo from Estudiantes in Argentina.
Leonardo Jardim was prepared to stump up a greater sum for the 24-year-old, who scored at a better rate than one in three last season.
The decision is slightly strange given that Porto are highly likely to lose chief goal getter Jackson Martinez this summer, with one of AC Milan, Arsenal or Atletico Madrid eventually expected to meet his €35m release clause.
But Porto’s loss is not only Monaco’s gain, but could also be of benefit to Tottenham too.
Reports suggest that Monaco striker Anthony Martial is Mauricio Pochettino’s main transfer target, after the 19-year-old netted nine times in Ligue 1 and helped the club reach the Champions League quarter finals.
Martial is quick, hard working and skilful on the ball and would provide solid competition to Harry Kane in the Spurs attack. Comparisons to Danny Welbeck would not be far off the mark, although the teenager is far more clinical.
It is his tireless running that may impress Pochettino most though, given the manager’s love of a high pressing game. Odds of 7/4 suggest Martial will be a Spurs player by the closing of the summer transfer window.
And it is not just Tottenham that have seen their chances of signing a leading transfer target enhanced by the dealing at other clubs.
Southampton’s pursuit of Jordy Clasie is no secret, with Ronald Koeman knowing the diminutive midfielder well from their time together at Feyenoord.
Clasie loves to run games from the middle of the pitch, getting on the ball, completing passes and snatching back possession like a small terrier. There certainly seems more to his game than Daley Blind’s and he cost Manchester United in the region of £14m.
Approximately £10m may be enough to sign Claisie and the chances of a Southampton move have been increased by Feyenoord taking steps towards bringing in Marko Vejinovic from Vitesse.
Terms have been agreed with the player and talks are underway with the Eredivisie club over a fee.
It is 5/2 that Clasie is a Saints player by September 2nd and this seems slightly on the generous side.