Report: Spurs and Liverpool keen on Spain international with £28.6m release clause

Report: Spurs and Liverpool keen on Spain international with £28.6m release clause

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Tottenham are interested in signing Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente but could face competition from Liverpool and Newcastle United, according to reports in Spain.

Llorente has made four appearances in La Liga so far this season. He also featured for Spain in a 1-0 friendly victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday.

And according to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser, Spurs hold an interest in the 25-year-old centre-back. What’s more, Liverpool have apparently already scouted Llorente, and Newcastle are also said to be keen.

The defender’s current contract runs until the summer of 2022 and is believed to include a £28.6 million release clause, something Tottenham wouldn’t have too much trouble meeting if they are genuinely interested in Llorente.

Mauricio Pochettino is likely to pursue a new centre-back next summer. Both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are out of contract at the end of the current season.

It would surprise no one to see Vergonghen’s deal extended, but Alderweireld’s contract situation is far more complicated and there is a chance he will be sold next summer.

I’m sure Llorente isn’t the only potential replacement Spurs are looking at.

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