Jose Mourinho will have been left disappointed to have not signed a new central defender in the summer transfer window, according to former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Michael Brown.
The North Londoners were heavily linked with a move for Milan Skriniar, with Spurs’ transfer chief Steve Hitchen having been photographed in Italy reportedly to hold talks with Inter Milan to try to tie up a deal for the Slovakian international (Gianluca Di Marzio).
Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger was also said to be a target of Mourinho’s, only for the out of favour German to hold productive talks with the Portuguese but decided against a move in the fear of backlash from the Stamford Bridge faithful (The Athletic).
While Swansea City’s Joe Rodon has been linked with a move in recent days (BBC) with Brown suggesting that the failure to land an experienced central defender would have been Mourinho’s preference.
Instead, Brown has no doubt that the Spurs head coach has the capability to turn a player with potential into a talent.
Brown told Football Insider: “I think defensively they wanted to strengthen in there but attacking-wise, I think it’s very exciting with all the signings coming in.
“A centre-back would have been some sort of disappointment. I think anybody can be moulded by Jose Mourinho, he’s got that special talent that we’ve seen. He says he’s the special one, as we know.
“He’s a very experienced manager, someone you’d want to play for and it’s a typical sort of Spurs signing, isn’t it?”
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