Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho wants to beat Arsenal to the signing of Paris Saint-Germain icon Thiago Silva, who will be leaving the club on a free transfer at the end of the season. Silva has been at PSG since 2012, but will leave at the end of his contract.
Silva has emerged as a target for multiple Premier League clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian defender, 35, will be available on a free, and appears set to head to England.
Arsenal apparently want him to solve their defensive crisis, and he fits the club’s transfer policy of targeting cheap or free targets.
However, The Sun claims Tottenham boss Mourinho wants to sign the defender, given Spurs’ problems at the back this season.
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Jan Vertonghen will be departing the club this summer, and Mourinho wants Silva to come in as an immediate replacement.
Tottenham are expected to limit their summer spending in light of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and will therefore target free agents.
One potential stumbling block could be his wages, however, as the Brazilian centre-back currently earns £350,000-per-week at PSG.
Tottenham’s highest-earner is currently Harry Kane, who takes home £200,000-per-week, meaning Spurs would have to shatter their wage budget to bring him in.
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Former Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle believes a centre-back is the last of Mourinho’s worries, and urged him to bring in two new full-backs and a midfielder.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, Hoddle explained that Spurs’ midfielders spend too long on the ball and are easily dispossessed, leading to a lack of service to Kane.
He said: “In the long-term I think they need two new full-backs, I think they need a passer in midfield.
“A lot of players at Tottenham at the moment, they run with the ball. Too many players don’t release the ball quickly.
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“Winks is probably the only one who can do it, but is he an Eriksen?
“That’s how Kane will score goals, good crosses coming in from your full-backs and a midfield player – Eriksen and Kane had that little bit of eye contact.
“I don’t think they’ve got that at the moment, I think too many players hold onto the ball for too long in midfield, and teams come in and crowd them out.
“There’s a lot of tactical work to be done on the training ground, but also individuals who need to up their game if they’re going to be in the [top five].”
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