Date: 23rd November 2018 at 3:00pm
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Tottenham will have to pay £44m to sign Amadou Diawara, according to the player’s agent Daniele Piraino. The Napoli midfielder has reportedly been the subject of a £31m bid in the past, but Piraino has stated it will take considerably more for a club to procure the 21-year-old’s signature.

Diawara’s agent is quoted as saying to TuttoMercatoWeb: “Napoli considers (him) a top player. The same applies to the boy who believes he is in a large company. The Naples will not accept proposals of less than 50 million euros, a figure (for) great players.

“Moreover, if Diawara were to leave the blue club, he would do it only for companies of equal or greater value, with the same objectives, and not for taking steps backwards”. Napoli hold the midfielder in high regard and Diawara wouldn’t seek an exit from the Stadio San Paolo unless it was for a bigger club.

Since joining the Sky Blues from Bologna in 2016, Diawara has gone on to make 61 appearances in all competitions. He’s been in and out of the side in the last two years but appears to be coveted by his club and manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Tottenham might have been dealt a blow if that’s the case. It’s hard to see the Guinean international leaving Napoli for Spurs, let alone Daniel Levy sanctioning a £50m deal to sign Diawara. Mauricio Pochettino may yet need a replacement for Mousa Dembele whose contract is up next summer, but the Serie A man is a very expensive option.

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