Jose Mourinho has reportedly identified Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic as the man to help bolster the club’s central defensive options.
Savic previously had a brief spell in the Premier League with Manchester City earlier in his career and it is fair to see that he did not exactly set the world alight during his time in England.
Although the defender played a few crucial games in City’s march towards the Premier League title in 2012, he was moved on by Roberto Mancini at the end of the season.
The central defender moved to Italy and established himself in the Fiorentina back line for three seasons before he was snapped up by Atletico in the summer of 2015.
Despite the Montenegro international having never been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Diego Simeone’s side during his five years at the Spanish capital, he has been an extremely important squad option and an important cog in Atleti’s terrific defensive set up.
Todofichajes claim that Mourinho is keen for the North Londoners to snap up Savic as he believes the experienced stopper will be a natural replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who is out of contract next month.
The report suggests that Atletico are willing to let the 29-year-old, who is under contract until 2022 leave for just €15 million this summer.
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Some Spurs fans on social media seem to be quite unhappy with the prospect of landing Savic. In my opinion, most of these fans haven’t seen Savic play much in recent seasons. To judge him based on his time at Man City would be extremely harsh given how young the Montenegrin was during his spell at the Etihad stadium.
Savic is dominant in the air, has a very good passing range and isn’t a slouch when it comes to the pace department. Simeone certainly knows a thing or two about good centre-halves and the fact that he has trusted Savic for so long shows that the defender has some great attributes.
At the rumoured €15 million price, I believe Savic would be an excellent acquisition. However, he prefers playing as a right-sided centre-back rather than on the left-side and so I don’t see him as a natural replacement for Jan Vertognhen.
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