By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are interested in signing Benfica attacker Joao Carvalho, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that the 19-year-old is a target for Spurs and has been watched this season during his loan spell at top-flight Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal.
It is understood that Carvalho is one of the most highly rated Portuguese youngsters and Spurs scouts watched him perform in the 1-1 draw against Braga on 26 February.
The report details that Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United have also cast their eye on the upcoming talent.
The Evening Standard report that Spurs don’t think he will be ready to link-up with the first-team in the summer, but are keen to sign young talents before their price tags explode.
Carvalho spent the first half of the season impressing with Benfica’s youth team, scoring seven goals and supplying three assists in 21 appearances.
However, he was sent away from the Portuguese giants to experience first-team football and has managed to force his way into Victoria Setubal’s line-up in recent weeks.
Spurs have shown a real desire to integrate young players under Mauricio Pochettino and there is a core of upcoming talents in the squad.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs’ policy of searching for young players and snapping them up at a cut-price is certainly smart, with Dele Alli a perfect example that it can work. Carvalho is being tipped to become a star player in Portugal and has shown great promise in Benfica’s youth side. They have a good reputation of moulding top European players and it would be no surprise if Carvalho was the latest in a long line. Spurs also could do with some extra firewpower this season and the 19-year-old could be an option if he continues to prove himself in the Portugal’s top-flight. However, Pochettino needs to be making a couple of marquee signings if he wants to challenge next season. The north London club were extremely short in Europe and are 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea in the Premier League. Searching for young talents is certainly a good way to approach the market, but they will need to splash the cash at some point to become an elite club.
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