Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a definitive price tag on one of their reported targets…
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Having reportedly asked on the availability of Denzel Dumfries at the end of November, Pete O’Rourke has now had his say on whether Antonio Conte will be able to tempt the Dutchman to north London.
In doing so, he issued a price tag that Fabio Paratici and co may have to cough up.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Denzel Dumfries has been outstanding at the World Cup for the Netherlands, and I think his price tag’s just gone up and up. So it’s going to be hard for Tottenham to strike a deal with Inter Milan this January to sign Dumfries, who’s probably going to be at least £50m.”
A polarising figure ever since his 2021 summer move, every Spurs fan has an opinion on Emerson Royal.
The Brazilian was signed as a progressive wing back to play under Nuno Santo, however, with the hierarchy swiftly rethinking their managerial move it left the Brazilian stranded.
Lacking defensive awareness and a cool head, and not boasting enough offensive flair to make up for it, the 6.88 average Sofascore rating he earned last season somewhat papers over the cracks.
Pundit Jamie O’Hara even took to talkSPORT Edge to issue a damning statement on the 23-year-old: “I would pay someone to take him off our hands. I’ll give you £5m to get rid of this liability.”
If this stands as a microcosm for fans’ thoughts on Emerson, an upgrade could be in order.
Although a steep price tag has been touted, last summer proved that Conte will receive hefty financial backing in the search for a trophy. He was afforded £146m to bring in eight new faces.
Therefore, the £50m fee for one of the paramount attacking full-backs in European football could actually prove shrewd business, especially after his impressive World Cup campaign.
Should Spurs spend £50m on Dumfries?
Having already boasted five goal contributions in just 20 games this season for his club, the 26-year-old once again translated that into international success.
Earning a 6.78 rating, across his five games the defender would record one goal and two assists whilst maintaining 1.4 interceptions and 1.6 tackles per game, via Sofascore.
His involvement in all three of their goals against the United States was imperative in their qualification to the quarter-finals, where they would narrowly lose on penalties to Argentina.
It was a display labelled “breathless” by Micah Richards, with Alan Rzepa having dubbed him a “monster” during the last major international competition too.
His consistency also lends to his value, as he recorded 12 contributions last season too.
These make for phenomenal statistics, especially when his competition has only ever recorded one campaign that could compete, where he boasted nine goal contributions during the 2019/20 season for Real Betis.
Conte has been unafraid to reach into his pockets to get who he wants, and this move could be imperative in his side taking the next step by adding some much-needed power to their attack.
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