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Who is Benfica’s Morato? More about the defender linked with Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur are looking to sign talented Benfica star defender Morato despite his €100m release clause.

Benfica’s Brazilian defender Morato is a Tottenham Hotspur transfer target

Tottenham Hotspur, under the management of Ange Postecoglou, are accelerating their pursuit of Benfica defender Morato as they aim to reinforce their defensive options in the upcoming January transfer window. The Lilywhites have faced challenges in the backline due to injuries, with Micky van de Ven sidelined until mid-February after suffering a hamstring injury.

The defensive concerns have led Postecoglou to deploy full-backs, Emerson Royal and Ben Davies, along with Eric Dier, in central defence. To address this issue, Tottenham have identified Morato as a key target, having our scouting team take a look at the 22-year-old Benfica star.

According to reports from The Sun via the Express, Tottenham scouts closely monitored Morato’s performances on four separate occasions in November, solidifying their interest in the talented left-footed centre-back. And Portuguese outlet O Jogo claim that the Lilywhites have since intensified their chase, naming him a priority target next month.

Benfica's Brazilian defender Morato is a Tottenham Hotspur transfer target.
Benfica’s Morato is one of Europe’s most exciting young defenders.

The potential addition of Morato could certainly provide tactical flexibility for Spurs, allowing three centre-backs on their strongest foot in the middle, complemented by wingbacks Destiny Udogie and Pedro Porro.

Morato to the Lilywhites?

Moreover, Morato’s skills and playing style suggest that he could seamlessly integrate into Postecoglou’s system, providing the defensive stability and versatility needed to navigate the challenges of the Premier League.

Morato has more tackles per 90 minutes compared to Micky and Cristian Romero as per Fbref. However, as is the case with Cuti, Morato has a tendency to commit one foul too many, and discipline is something he’ll need to focus on should he make a move to the N17.

Morato could prove to be an exciting addition to Ange Postecoglou's Tottenham side.
Morato could prove to be an exciting addition to Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham side.

As the January transfer window approaches, Tottenham fans will be eager to see if the club can secure Morato’s services and strengthen their defensive options, ensuring a more robust and competitive squad for the remainder of the season; especially in the face of multiple injury issues.

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The potential acquisition of Morato could certainly play a crucial role in bolstering Tottenham’s defensive solidity and contributing to their ambitions for silverware.

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