Tottenham set to sign Brazilian talent

With many predicting that the side will make a move to sign a goalkeeper this summer, Tottenham are set to step up their interest in Santos stopper, Rafael.

Spurs have been linked with the likes of Marc André ter Stegen, Rene Adler as well as others in recent months but the rumours associated with Rafael appear slightly more concrete.

The North London outfit are believed to have already scouted the South American starlet who, depending on his progress, could step straight into the spot vacated by Brad Friedel should the former US international finally given in to his age.

The 40 year-old remains an unstoppable talent in the English top flight and despite his old age, he continues to meet the demands of the Premier League.

That being said, even Friedel is destined to hang up his gloves at some point and with that moment bound to occur in the coming years, cover will be needed.

Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes are currently filling the roles of backup ‘keepers but hav both been limited to Europa League and FA Cup appearances this campaign.

Rafael has emerged as an integral member of the Santos team, making 68 appearances in 2011.

The youngster would be expected to command a fee of around €6m if he were to complete a switch to White Hart Lane and in such a vital position, Tottenham may be willing to spend on the Brazilian.

Rafael is tipped to make his breakthrough into the Brazilian national side soon and his chances may take a turn for the better if he were plying his trade in the Premier League.

Roma, Palermo and Atletico Madrid are also known to share interest in the 21 year-old and will pose considerable competition to gaining his signature this summer.

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