Brazilian club say their star striker won’t be allowed to leave on the cheap this summer.
Internacional have warned Tottenham and Southampton that they won’t budge on their valuation of striker Leandro Damiao.
Spurs are long-term admirers of Damiao and have failed on numerous occasions to broker a deal with the Brazilian club but manager Andre Villas-Boas has seemingly abandoned hope of bringing him to White Hart Lane following unsuccessful moves for La Liga pair David Villa and Roberto Soldado.
The 24-year-old was also thought to be on the hit-list of Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino but, like Villas-Boas, the Argentine appears to have cooled his interest with Damiao’s price tag thought to be the main sticking point for the Premier League duo.
And Internacional director of football Marcelo Medeiros insists the player won’t be sold below their asking price after reports indicated Napoli had a recent £15 million bid turned away..
“He is focusing on Internacional,” Sky Sports quote Medeiros as saying in Zero Hora
“If anyone wants to sign him, it would be a great deal, but they will have to pay a lot.
“He is still an Internacional player.”
Zenit St Petersburg are also believed to be monitoring Damiao’s situation but may want to act quickly with his valuation expected to soar after the World Cup in Brazil next year.