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Tottenham Hotspur Among Clubs Interested In Colombian International: A Move They Need To Make?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to CM Journal, Tottenham Hotspur are in the market for Luis Diaz. The FC Porto attacker has emerged as a potential target for multiple clubs across Europe, with Inter Milan even prepared to submit an €18 million bid. Diaz does have a release clause worth around €80 million, but Porto might be forced to cash in on him for a lower fee, thus putting Tottenham on red alert.

Who Is Luis Diaz?

Luis Diaz has been one of the rising stars in Colombian football over the past 12 months. He initially made his European breakthrough at FC Porto, having already notched up almost 100 competitive appearances since joining the club in 2019.

The attacker was involved in 11 goals this past season, although it wasn’t enough to help Porto retain their league title. Nevertheless, Diaz stepped up his game in Copa America 2021, leading the Colombian attack with four goals in eight matches. His contributions in front of goal were vital in helping Los Cafeteros reach the semi-final, and even secure third place by beating Peru 3-2.

A left-winger by trade, Diaz is primarily known for his dynamic style of play. His ability to take on defenders, beating them effortlessly is a particular help when it comes to squeezing through tight spaces.

However, what makes Diaz such a good ball-carrier is the physical strength that allows him to hold on to possession. He also has a knack for scoring goals, though he does lack the skill when it comes to crossing the ball into the box.

Tottenham Hotspur are in the market for Luis Diaz - A good option?
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How Does Diaz Fit Into Tottenham?

Luis Diaz is an interesting option for Tottenham Hotspur, as new coach Nuno Espirito Santo looks to ring in the changes. It is fair to say that the attacking trio of Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela has not been able to provide the quality upfront.

As such, Diaz could be an excellent alternative, considering his recent rise to prominence. He can offer the flair as well as the physicality upfront, giving Tottenham a willing runner, who can take advantage of creators such as Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.

Not to mention, the Colombian international does offer versatility to the table. He can operate on both flanks, which could be useful, especially if Tottenham fail to hold on to the services of Harry Kane.

However, whether or not Diaz will be a good option for Tottenham will largely depend on his price tag. The winger has performed really well recently, but he does lack the experience at the highest level of football. Hence, the Lilywhites simply cannot afford to fork out anything more than €20 million for his services this summer.

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