Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Joao Palhinha to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Portuguese publication O Jogo (via Sport Witness), who claim that all three of Tottenham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Paris Saint-Germain have made an approach for the defensive midfielder.
However, the report goes on to state that none of these offers have reached Sporting Lisbon’s €30m (£25m) valuation of the Portugal international, before suggesting that Antonio Conte’s side continue to keep an eye on the situation of the 26-year-old.
Considering how impressive Palhinha has been in Portugal this season, in addition to it being reported that Harry Winks could be on his way out of north London this summer, it is easy to see why Conte would be interested in a deal for the midfielder.
Indeed, over his 24 Liga Portugal appearances this term, the £23.4m-rated talent has highly impressed for Ruben Amorim’s side, scoring three goals and creating one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.1 shots and making 0.3 key passes per game.
However, it is the £24k-per-week dynamo’s defensive metrics that are particularly eye-catching, with the 26-year-old making an average of 3.1 tackles – the joint third-most in the league – one interception, 0.9 clearances and winning a whopping 7.4 duels – at a success rate of 61% – per fixture.
And, should Palhinha be able to maintain this level of form following a potential switch to Spurs this summer, it is undeniable that the 12-time capped international would be a huge upgrade on the £91k-per-week Winks.
Indeed, the former England midfielder has featured for a total of just 170 minutes over Tottenham’s last 11 Premier League fixtures, as well as averaged a disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.91 over his 16 league outings in 2021/22.
As such, should Winks be moved onto pastures new this summer, signing the Portuguese sensation as the £15.3m-rated man’s replacement would indeed appear to be a very smart move by Fabio Paratici.