Jose Mourinho’s first summer in charge of Tottenham Hotspur was never going to be quiet.
After finishing sixth last term there was a real focus on strengthening the first team squad in order to propel the club up the table this time around.
Mourinho’s target is based on finishing in the top four and challenging for major silverware – that’s why improvements were needed in the playing squad.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty were joined by Sergio Reguilon, Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius in arriving in north London, but it seems that Spurs aren’t finished yet.
The club are determined to sign a central defender with Swansea City’s Joe Rodon heavily linked with a move to the club.
No agreement has yet been reached and according to Alasdair Gold of Football London, it’s a deal that could go right to the wire.
Writing for Football London, Gold said: “There’s only one name here and that’s Joe Rodon, Swansea’s 22-year-old central defender.
“However, with less than 30 hours before the window closes, football.london understands that Spurs and Swansea remain far apart on their valuations of the young Wales international.
“The Championship side reportedly want around £20million for Rodon but Tottenham only paid roughly £8million more than that to Real Madrid for Spain international and Europa League winner Sergio Reguilon and just under £7million less for established Premier League right-back Matt Doherty.
“While Rodon is considered to be a talent, his lack of experience at the top level means Spurs will not pay over the odds for a player who would likely be one for the future in Mourinho’s squad.
“Football.london understands that currently Spurs are not looking at any other potential targets and unless an opportunity too good to turn down suddenly arises in the final hours, it’s a case of Rodon or nothing in this bonus domestic window.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
This is a deal that Tottenham have to try and complete.
Described as someone who is ‘destined for the top’, Rodon is a player who every bit of potential to be a success at Premier League level.
It could be difficult for him to become a first team regular at Tottenham in the short-term, but if he completes the move then I’m sure it won’t be long until he’s ready to become a regular feature in Jose Mourinho’s side.
Money seems to be the issue with this one, and that could prove troublesome.
Swansea don’t need to sell their star player, and so they’ll be very happy if they can keep hold of him until after the domestic deadline.
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