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Spurs scouting Brazilian defensive midfielder

Spurs Scouting Brazilian Defensive Midfielder

Spurs scouting Brazilian defensive midfielder

Tottenham are just one of the clubs tracking Brazilian defensive midfielder Walace.  the 21-year-old (22 next April) is drawing praise in Brazil where he plays for Gremio. There is always the problem of third party ownership to take into consideration with South American players which puts us at a disadvantage over other European clubs.

Benfica are very keen to take him to replace Bayern Munich-bound Renato Sanches. Tottenham's interest is confirmed by Globe Esporto.

Spanish clubs Sevilla and Valencia, Italian clubs Inter Milan, Lazio, Juventus, Portuguese club Benfica and English clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal

His agent Rogerio Braun appreciates there may be problems moving his client abroad with visa and or work permit issues to overcome.

"We are aware about the criteria to get the work permit but we believe that if (Brazil coach) Dunga will confirm Walace on the Olympic team, it will make the things easier for him on getting his visa. 
"Walace is considered both by the press and the fans as an important player for the team. The fans compare him to Paul Pogba (physically they have the same characteristics). 
"Dunga just called him up for the pre-list of Copa America (40 players) and we believe Walace is going to be called up for the Olympics. Yesterday he was elected the best defensive midfielder of the Campeonato Gaucho 2016."

Walace has asked to be released and Gremio was having discussions with Flamengo but those talks have now ended. At 1.88m (6ft 2in) he has the physique to be a strong figure in front of a defence.

Like many Brazilians, he sees his future in Europe where the money is, my guess would be that he ends up at Benfica if he can sort out his visa problems.

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