Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Granada defender Domingos Duarte as new manager Nuno Espirito Santo looks to bolster his backline.
According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Spurs are keen to secure the 26-year-old’s services before the August 31 deadline following the departure of talismanic centre-back Toby Alderweireld.
They have already signed Cristian Romero from Atalanta, but the report claims that Nuno is keen for an extra body in defence, potentially to allow him greater tactical flexibility.
Duarte came through the ranks at boyhood club Estoril before moving to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon when he was still a teenager. However, the 6 ft 2 beast never made a senior appearance for them and joined La Liga outfit Granada in 2019 following a successful loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna.
At the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes, the 26-year-old has gone from strength to strength, scoring four goals in 82 appearances for Los Nazaries , playing a pivotal part in their ninth-placed finish last term.
Although Romero’s arrival leaves Nuno with plenty of options in the centre of defence, the former Wolves boss often played five at the back during his tenure at Molineux.
Therefore, a move for the £10.8m-rated Portugal international could be on the cards; and when taking a look at his underlying numbers, it seems that Duarte could be a significant upgrade on the current options available to his compatriot in north London.
As per fbref.com, the Granada ace recorded 1.36 tackles and managed 1.19 interceptions per 90 minutes last season. In contrast, Eric Dier only made 0.92 tackles and 0.94 interceptions per game during a tricky 2020/21 campaign for the England international.
Duarte also excelled with the ball at his feet, completing 77.% of his dribbles, whereas Dier could only manage 60% for that metric.
Therefore, bringing him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would not only add more strength in depth and tactical variation to Spurs’ first team squad, but would arguably improve the quality within it as well.
It remains to be seen whether Daniel Levy makes a move for Duarte this summer, although Nuno and Spurs supporters will surely be hoping that he sanctions a move for the defender.