Jose Mourinho faces Antonio Conte battle as Tottenham plot Diego Godin Inter Milan raid

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring Inter Milan veteran Diego Godin to north London.


Posted Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by Express.co.uk

Jose Mourinho faces Antonio Conte battle as Tottenham plot Diego Godin Inter Milan raid
Jose Mourinho faces Antonio Conte battle as Tottenham plot Diego Godin Inter Milan raid (Image: GETTY)

Diego Godin is at the centre of a transfer tug of war between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. Tottenham are keen on a summer move of the 34-year-old Inter Milan defender, who it was expected would be available for a knockdown £7 million at the end of this campaign.

Uruguayan international defender Godin has been barely used by Conte at Inter this season so far.

The former Chelsea coach has preferred a back three system in defence which has limited him to only 16 Serie A appearances so far.

Mourinho is keen on a move to take the former Atletico Madrid star to White Hart Lane as a cheap improvement on his current defence, and Manchester United are also keen.

But Conte is now reported to have changed his mind on Godin, who still has a year of his contract left at Inter - and now wants the veteran to stay at the San Siro.

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has meanwhile claimed Mourinho wants to make as many as six signings this summer.

The Spurs boss brought in Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven for £27million and Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan from Benfica in January.

"There's no chance that Jose Mourinho is happy with his Tottenham squad," Solhekol told Sky Sports.

"Spurs were all over the place before the season stopped.

"They lost four and drew two of their last six games. They had no strikers.

"When Mourinho got the Spurs job, he said he was happy with his squad. He didn't mean it. He was just saying the right thing.

"There are problems all over the Spurs squad and it's going to take more than just one window to fix them. And somehow he has to convince Daniel Levy to spend big again.

"Spurs need a new back-up goalkeeper to put pressure on Hugo Lloris.

"They need a new right-back to replace Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters - Serge Aurier is good going forward.

"They need a centre-back to replace Jan Vertonghen, who is out of contract, and a new left-back to replace Danny Rose.

"Then we get to midfield. Tanguy Ndombele cost £63m but he's had injury problems and hasn't adapted to English football.

"Spurs need another central midfielder. Giovani Lo Celso has been the big plus this season.

"It's up front though where Spurs desperately need to strengthen.

"Injuries to Harry Kane and Heung-min Son showed just how much of a mistake it was not to sign a striker in January.

"So, overall you are looking at Spurs needing to sign six players to refresh their squad.

"On top of that, they need to hold on to Kane. He made it clear this week that although he loves Spurs, he won't stick around if the club are not moving in the right direction.

"To do that they need to spend - when the window opens."



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