Tottenham line up Ajax sensation David Neres as Malcom alternative
Tottenham Hotspur are ready to make a January move to sign Ajax attacker David Neres as they look for alternatives to Bordeaux playmaker Malcom, according to reports.
Spurs were believed to be battling north London rivals Arsenal for the signature of Malcom, who has lit up Ligue 1 since leaving Corinthians, though the French side are adamant he will not be sold.
Former Tottenham player and coach Gus Poyet was unveiled as Bordeaux’s new manager on Monday, and confirmed as much in his first press conference: ‘I asked straight away if Malcom would be staying or not and they said yes.’
And according to Goal Brasil, Spurs have wasted little time in moving on from Malcom and are already lining up a transfer offer for his compatriot Neres.
Tottenham are prepared to spend as much as £44 million (€50m) to land the 20-year-old, who has been in Europe for just over a year after leaving Sao Paulo for Amsterdam in the previous January window.
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Both journalists and football fans had a quite busy deadline day, with so many deals being confirmed or collapsing. A bit different from other years, things were so busy that there wasn’t much room for new rumours to show up.
But now there’s time to keep an eye on some of them, and one of the interesting claims made yesterday being Tottenham Hotspur going for another Brazilian after signing Lucas Moura from Paris Saint Germain. That’s David Neres.
Neres had already been named as a Spurs target last month, but in a different situation. The very same Goal claimed he was a plan b in case Tottenham failed to sign Malcom from Bordeaux.
Now it seems the Lucas Moura opportunity showed up and looked like a better option, but apparently, the interest in Neres hasn’t gone away.
Neres was signed by Ajax from São Paulo in a €12m deal in January 2017. Just this season, the player has nine goals and 12 assists in 24 appearances for the Dutch side, quite an impressive record for a youngster.
But how much would Ajax demand for him? That’s information which is still not out in the Brazilian press, although we know he certainly won’t be cheap.