Internacional's president Giovanni Luigi has given an exclusive interview to Calcio Napoli in which he talks about his Brazil international striker Damiao. The reason the Napoli website are interested is that Damiao has been linked with a move to the club to replace Edinson Cavani when the Uruguayan finally leaves, which could be during the summer transfer window.
It seems to us that Luigi is keen to sell Damiao because otherwise he wouldn't take part in these interviews, which sound like a prolonged sales pitch, trying to drum up interest in the forward. Internacional obviously haven't been satisfied with the advances of Tottenham, but if there's no other bidders then it puts them in a vulnerable position come the next transfer window. Whatever the club and player may say, the repeated articles they willfully generate about a possible transfer suggest that it's firmly on the agenda.
Luigi told the Italian outlet that there's 'no doubt about it' with regards to whether Damiao would be able to replace Edinson Cavani and he insisted the Brazilian is absolutely ready to move to European football and shine. When asked if he knew directly of Napoli interest, he said he doesn't have any inside line but confirmed that no bid had been made by the Serie A club. The end of the interview is the most interesting for Tottenham fans:
In addition to Naples, the attacker seems to be targeted even by teams like Juventus and Milan?
"I've never had offers from them, the only real interest and advances came from England."
The current cost of the player you don't want to reveal, but are we to take it that he certainly can't go for under €20m?
"Tottenham last January submitted a bid of €20m. If the player is still here, you can imagine what that means."
Giovanni Luigi is attempting to be cryptic throughout but it's clear he just wants a little more money and would then be happy to see Damiao move to Europe.