Tottenham’s fear of losing Brazilian international striker Leandro Damiao to Napoli appears to have been unfounded with the Serie A side having hit a roadblock in their pursuit of the Internacional forward. ESPN carries a report that says that the Brazilian outfit have meted out a straight denial to the Naples side, who had been courting the 23 year old, obviously lining him up as a possible replacement for Uruguayan hitman Edinson Cavani.
Internacional’s sporting director Luis Cesar Souto was quoted by ESPN, saying: “We had a verbal offer presented by Napoli of €18 million. We do not accept that this is Leandro’s true value. What Napoli have offered is very far from what we expected the bid to be. We believe he will be part of the Brazil national team for the 2014 World Cup. We have not yet given them a fixed price because it is not in our interest to negotiate for him… We don’t have to sell Leandro and we won’t be taking an offer for him.”
The news means that Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur might also not be able to land Damiao at the White Hart Lane this summer either, however, but it does keep the player up for grabs should anyone (including Spurs) be willing to match Internacional’s valuation of the young Brazilian. For now though Spurs can take heart from the fact that at least he won’t be joining Napoli this summer.