Jose Mourinho is lining up £120m worth of defensive additions in a summer remodelling of the Tottenham back-line, according to the Daily Express.
Let’s ignore for a minute the fact this obviously isn’t going to happen, and that the author of this report has clearly been living in a cave for the entirety of the Daniel Levy era, and humour Mr Tony Banks’ ‘exclusive’.
Top of Mourinho’s shopping list is supposedly Benfica’s 22-year-old Ruben Dias, who The Express understands has a release clause of £80m and is of interest to Man City and Liverpool. Shouldn’t be a problem there then.
Nathan Ake is said to also be on Mourinho’s radar for centre-back where both Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth are facing very uncertain futures. The Bournemouth star would cost in the region of £40m and The Sun claim Chelsea has a buy-back clause. Another easy deal for Levy to wrap up.
At right-back, £15m-rated Max Aarons of Norwich City and £25m-rated Youcef Atal of Marseille are more affordable, and suit the attack-minded role in which Serge Aurier has become marginally less awful of late.
But at left-back, The Express reports interest in Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell who is so far out of our price range it makes a farce of the whole report.
All of these targets are young and quick which is what Mourinho is said to be looking for in his signings as he attempts to revive an ageing defence.
But we certainly won’t be spending £120m to do that.