Who is Tiago Illori?

Who is Tiago Illori?



Outside of Portugal, little is known about the defender, but he’s certainly been making a name for himself in the last six months.

A host of sides across Europe have been linked as potential suitors – Liverpool, Tottenham, and AS Monaco most notably, but who is the player they are talking about?

Tiago Ilori, 20, currently plays for Primeira Liga side Sporting Club de Portugal (Sporting CP). He’s a product of the youth team, and originally joined the club as a 13-year old prodigy.

Rated at around £6M, he’s been tipped by his teammates for a big future. Scouts have been seen in games last season reportedly checking out the 20-year old, and many feel he could be on his way to one of the European giants this summer.

He featured in the U20 World Cup for Portugal at the end of the domestic season – making three appearances. As he’s never made an appearances for the Portuguese national team, he’s still eligible to play for England.

While spending time with Sporting’s B team, Ilori has also played first-team football for the side. He’s made 11 Primeira Liga (top division) appearances, and 20 Segunda Liga (second division) appearances.

For just £6M, Ilori could be bargain of the decade if he does indeed live up to his potential. Sources close to the player are suggesting the 20-year old would welcome a move to his native England, and Sporting have said they will entertain offers ‘for the right price’.

Tottenham Hotspur are desperate for defensive reinforcements after losing a number of personnel to injury in pre-season. After selling their would-be-cover Steven Caulker to Cardiff, they are very thin on replacements.

Liverpool have also been in the market for a defender since long-serving Jamie Carragher retired. They are said to favour Ilori because they currently have three players as options, but are looking to the future as their third choice, Kolo Toure, is 32 years old.

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  1. Hi… you’re making some mistakes here.
    Tiago Illori isn’t a english native… Eric Dyer is the one 😛
    I think he is a much better player than Illori. He’s tipped to be a great Defenfer/defensive midfielder, although the first games he played for sporting was right wing. played very well…but i think the best position for him is central defender.
    Illori is too much hype. He made a awful U20 WC… him, tiago rodrigues (tipped to be the next fernando couto…but i imagine is for similar air, not defender capacities) and Edgar Ie (also ex-sporting defender that last year went to barça with agostinha cá) were dreadful. also when he played with sporting he was the weakest link… but hope he learn faster.

    • Hugo, I know young Tiago and his family well.
      He is simply a really smashing lad with absolutely no inflated ego whatsoever.
      He did not have a awful U20 WC at all. He was a leader.
      His Dad is English so he is eligible for England as well as Portugal.
      Tiago is an outstanding athlete and has a great future in the game.
      Everyone is entitled to their opinion but to suggest that Tiago illori is ‘too much hype’ is wrong. Tiago is only 20 years old and will, I believe develop into a World class player.

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