Graham Roberts has scoffed at the possibility of Tottenham Hotspur signing wantaway Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte.
New head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, who was confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s successor in June, has been keen to bolster Spurs’ backline after they fell to a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Premier League last season.
While Cristian Romero has joined from Atalanta for an eye-watering £42.5million, former Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno is eager to welcome further defensive reinforcements to north London.
6 ft 3 beast Laporte is seeking a move away from Premier League champions Manchester City, according to Spanish media outlet Sport. The report reveals the 27-year-old put pressure on the City hierarchy to facilitate a switch to Barcelona earlier in the transfer window.
The Spain international’s wish to depart comes after he made just 14 Premier League starts last season, with boss Pep Guardiola preferring the centre-half pairing of John Stones and Ruben Dias.
Stones was rewarded with a new five-year deal earlier this week, meaning Laporte is likely to start the new campaign out of the starting line-up.
But former Spurs defender Roberts is certain Laporte’s financial demands will hamper his chances of heading to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Roberts said: “I don’t think Laporte will come to Spurs this summer.
“The rumours are that he would want £250,000 or £300,000-per-week. He’s not going to get that.”