Report: Tottenham will not move for linked defender in the summer despite claims

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Dom Le Roy

If reports over the last couple of months are to be believed, signing a central defender is near the top of Jose Mourinho’s priorities this summer (Football Insider).

One name that has appeared several times in various reports over the last few weeks is Diego Godin from Inter Milan.

The Mirror reported last month that Mourinho identified the centre-back as the man to replace Jan Vertonghen when his contract runs out this summer.

The report suggested that Mourinho was a big fan of the 34-year-old, having previously tried in vain to bring him to Old Trafford during his time in charge of Manchester United.

Calcio Mercato (via Football 365) also suggested at the start of this month that Godin could end up in North London next season.

However, Tuttomercatoweb (as translated by Sport Witness) have now contradicted these claims by suggesting that Tottenham will not move for Godin this summer.

The report asserts that, while Mourinho admires the former Atletico Madrid star for the career he’s had, he is not the central defender that the Portuguese coach wants to sign this summer.

It is claimed that, despite reports to the contrary over the past few weeks, the Lilywhites never really held a serious interest in the experienced centre-half.

Spurs Web Opinion

I would be majorly relieved if there is truth to this report. I was never convinced that Godin had the legs to succeed in the Premier League at his age but I did fear that Mourinho would try and sign him for his experience. While Godin has had a great career in the top flight, he is now a shadow of the player he once was.

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