The Premier league duo target Benfica’s Salvio.
Benfica and Argentina winger Eduardo Salvio has emerged as a transfer target for both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, according to A Bola.
Both Andre Villas-Boas and Manuel Pellegrini see the 23-year-old as the ideal acquisition, with the Argentine having starred in both Portugal and Spain in the past two seasons.
Salvio joined Atletico Madrid for £7m in January 2010, but six months later was loaned to the Estadio da Luz to gain first team experience.
An impressive campaign in the Primeira Liga gave Atletico enough confidence to bring the winger back to the Vicente Calderon Stadium the following year and Salvio played 48 matches in all competitions for the club.
However, Benfica weren’t prepared to give up on the Argentina international that easily and came in with a £9.7m offer for the forward 12 months ago.
After joining from Atleti permanently in the summer of 2012, Salvio went onto score 13 goals and provide 10 assists for the Portuguese outfit last campaign.
This form has understandably attracted the interest of some of Europe’s top clubs, with Spurs and City leading the way for the Argentinian – who has five caps for his country.
Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira does not want to sell the star – who has a £52m release clause written into his contract – but if the money is right they may be no option.
Whilst AVB and Pellegrini are unlikely to pay anywhere near to the buy-out fee, there is a strong chance the two men would be prepared to significantly improve on the price the Portuguese runners-up paid for Salvio just a year ago.