Tottenham linked with €50m Spanish defender

Spurs were linked with the Real Sociedad defender in November and reported new Premier League interest is from sides “not in Europe”.

Reported one-time Tottenham Hotspur target Diego Llorente is being courted by several Premier League sides this summer.

The Real Sociedad defender, capped four times by Spain, has been on the Basque side’s books since making the move from Real Madrid back in the summer of 2017.

Since swapping Santiago Bernabeu for the Anoeta, Diego Llorente has appeared in 57 matches for Sociedad in all competitions, including 23 matches last term.

Although the centre-back is reported to have has a €50 million release clause in his deal, it is understood that the English clubs interested in him may look to bid in the region of €25 million.

The Spaniard’s primary position is at centre-back, but he can play at right-back also, something he did at the early stages of his career.

With Kieran Trippier having left the club and Toby Alderweireld’s future still in doubt, for now, Spurs would have an advantage in being able to offer him what the other outfits understood to be interested in him cannot.

Nonetheless, if Tottenham do register an interest, they could find themselves vying with Real Madrid themselves, as Los Blancos could also sign Llorente for £22.5 million due to the 50 per cent sell-on clause they inserted into his deal as part of the 2017 transfer.

It remains to be seen what decision the club will make, but the optimal option will be handing Toby Alderweireld a contract extension.