Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho eyes top signing to take Spurs to ‘different level’

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign a top central defender to lead his side to the next level, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Mourinho has publicly admitted it is unlikely he will have the funds to make any signings this month. But that hasn’t stopped the Portuguese from identifying areas where he thinks need improving.

Tottenham are in the market for a centre-back to partner Eric Dier.

Castles says Mourinho has lost faith in Davinson Sanchez, with Toby Alderweireld struggling with fitness issues and Joe Rodon new to the Premier League.

Mourinho wants a defender with pace to allow him to change his team’s style slightly in certain matches.

“We’ve been talking for some time about the recommendation that Mourinho made to the club,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

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“He’s talked himself about presenting the report to the club as to where he believes the team needs to be strengthened.

“He believes they need a centre-back, quicker centre-back, ideally left-footed, someone who can lead the defence, which would allow him to play with a higher line against certain opponents.

“He has lost faith in Davinson Sanchez at a point during this season.

“He believes that they need that top-quality centre-back to come in and take them to a different level.

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“Also a box-to-box midfielder who can build the play alongside Hojbjerg in midfield and combine with Ndombele.”

Real Madrid outcast Eder Militao has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

But Castles says Mourinho is not keen on signing the Brazilian.

He added: “My understanding is that, although Eder Militao is available, again a product of the Covid situation where Real Madrid would like to offload a player on high salary who has been barely been used this season, while they’d be ready to offload him, they value the player at €50million, are looking, ideally to sell, but more realistically a loan with an option to buy.

“Mourinho, I understand, does not feel that Militao fits the profile of player that Tottenham need, i.e. he doesn’t see him as the player who would come in and overhaul the defence, be a leader in the defence, and take the team onto a different level.

“So then, if that deal were to be done by the club, I think it would be very much a compromise rather than the ideal scenario for Tottenham.

“Therefore I think you can regard this as pretty unlikely to happen in this window.”

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