Tottenham increased their attempt to recruit Southampton’s defensive pillar, Jannik Vestergaard, and reinforce their unstable defense for next season.
José Mourinho prioritized the center of his defense as the area that he believes should be strengthened this summer.
The Spurs coach is under great pressure to deliver European football to the club next season, and that will be an important factor in President Daniel Levy’s assessment of the future of Special One at the end of this campaign.
Tottenham, however, still have the chance of a trophy if they beat Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final later this month.
And despite their erratic performances lately, they are still sixth in the Premier League table and are on their way to qualifying for the Europa League again next season.
Mourinho is planning ahead anyway – but an approach to the strong Saints’ Danish, Vestergaard, 28, was accelerated after another defensive collapse in Newcastle last Sunday.
The Danish international has been an important figure for the Saints this season, after an irregular year in his last term – but he has only one year left on his contract with St. Mary’s, and would cost around £ 18 million.
He joined the south coast club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2018 and has since made 70 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.
Mourinho’s long-term defensive target is Inter Milan central defender Milan Skriniar. Tottenham tried to place the 26-year-old in January, but negotiations have been halted – and Spurs will return to Slovakia later this summer.
Skriniar would cost around £ 25 million – but the Spurs are concerned that Inter are looking to retain a player who has become a key figure under Antonio Conte – which is why they are also looking at Vestergaard.
Mourinho also wants to strengthen his midfield – and RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer is at the top of his target list.
“I am unable. The game belongs to all the moments and I can’t separate the game from these moments of instability and that’s why we didn’t win it.
“Because this instability also affects possession, the way you build, the way you go into attack situations, so that’s my opinion.”
Spurs will need to be more solid when they return to action this Sunday against Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Meanwhile, Eric Dier, one of the defenders with whom Mourinho is so unhappy at the moment – and one he has lost in the last six games – revealed that he would like his ashes to be scattered at the Spurs’ house when he dies!
The England defender, one of the Spurs players for the longest time in the service, having joined in 2014 from Sporting Lisbon, when asked where he would like to be buried, the 27-year-old said: “I would have my ashes scattered at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “