Brazil and Internacional midfielder Oscar claims Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign him this summer. The 20 year old scored 10 goals in the Brasileirao last season and is regarded as one of the best young talents in South America. The player has now revealed Spurs have spoken to his agent but has also played down talk of a summer move, insisting he remains focused on his club.
"Tottenham contacted my agent, but now I'm focusing on Inter. I don't know what might happen, I'm not thinking of it right now. Inter has an important project to win Brasileirao, everybody's focused on that. I want to return to the team and keep playing. Not only Tottenham [asked about me], but I'm not sure if there was an official offer," Goal.com quoted Oscar as saying.
The midfielder, who is part of Brazil's Olympics team, was linked with a move to White Hart Lane soon after Andre Villas-Boas took charge as manager and it now appears the Portuguese tactician, who has already brought in Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, is wasting no time in his attempts to land more signings.
The Daily Mail reports Tottenham have already tabled a £11mn offer for Oscar, with Internacional valuing him at around £20mn. The Brazilian is considered an ideal replacement for wantaway midfielder Luka Modric, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid.
The report also states that Villas-Boas, who is understood to have a significant transfer kitty, is looking to invest in younger players, keeping the long-term interests of the club in mind. He is also believed to be planning an approach for a new goal keeper, with Lyon's Hugo Lloris and Birmingham City's Jack Butland being touted as replacements for the 41 year old Brad Friedel.
Lloris, who captained France at Euro 2012, is believed to be a long-term target for Spurs and was regularly scouted by the north London club last season. the 25 year old remains an integral part of Lyon's plans but news the club has put a £16mn price tag on his services indicates he may move for the right deal. Arsenal and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest.
Meanwhile, Butland, who was part of the England squad that travelled to Poland and Ukraine, could be a slightly cheaper alternative. However, Southampton have already seen a £6mn offer rejected and Spurs may have to agree to send the 19 year old back to the Championship club on a season-long loan to push through a deal.