Tottenham could be set for a blow in their attempts to land a Porto midfielder after Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui recently met with the player.
Spurs haven been strongly linked with a January move for Mexico star Hector Herrera, whose contract runs outs next summer, with doubts continuing over Mousa Dembele’s future in north London.
The player is said to been on a move away from Porto after Inter Milan failed with a summer bid, as the Portuguese club refused to back down over his €40million release clause.
Real are said to have shown an interest after watching the 28-year-old’s outstanding display in the World Cup clash with Germany this summer, and Lopetegui is reported to have spoken to Herrera about a potential move to the Bernabeu recently.
The report states that the pair met at the luxurious Yeatman hotel in the Portuguese city, where the Real supremo was staying during the international break on holiday with his wife.
The La Liga giants are already looking at midfield options for next season, with Mateo Kovacic – currently on loan at Chelsea – set to leave on a permanent deal, while there is also constant speculation over the long-term futures of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Porto paid just €11m for Herrera back in 2013 and despite his high release fee, it is more likely that the player will be sold for a figure in the region of €20m.
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