Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are believed to be mulling over a surprise transfer move for SL Benfica left back Joan Capdevila.
The Spain international has been unable to settle at the Portuguese club, and Benfica manager Jorge Jesus did not even include him in his squad for the UEFA Champions League.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is thought to be concerned at his lack of cover at left back, as Danny Rose has not proven particularly effective when Benoit Assou Ekotto is unavailable.
Similarly, Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas is well known to be in the market for a left wing back to offer Ashley Cole some competition, with understandable reluctance to throw Ryan Bertrand in before he is ready.
Villas Boas bid for Alvaro Pereira in the summer, but Chelsea’s offer was rejected by Porto.
Now both Tottenham and Chelsea may return for Capdevila, who as outlined above is not cuptied for European competition, and despite being a European Championships and World Cup winner in the last three years, could be available for a bargain price.
“There is interest from some clubs,” Capdevila’s agent Horacio Gaggioli said on Radio Renascena.
“But I need to speak with Benfica and I will attend a meeting in Lisbon this week.”