Tottenham: Mourinho pleased with reaction
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Tottenham are sticking with Jose Mourinho for the time being. And, if they finish in the Premier League top four, he’s expected to stay in his job despite links to the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers. So Express Sport will now take a look at how Spurs could line up next season if Daniel Levy signs four players in this summer’s transfer window.
Tottenham have seen Hugo Lloris struggle for consistency this season, with the France international regressing between the sticks.
And, therefore, he may be moved on amid links to Manchester United.
Tottenham have been tipped to sign Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as a replacement, with the 25-year-old flourishing in Ligue 1.
He’s helped his side mount a challenge for the title this season, with Lille conceding just 19 goals.
And it’s no wonder Mourinho is casting an eye in his direction as he looks to drive Tottenham forward.
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Defence: Doherty, Alderweireld, Milenkovic, Reguilon
Tottenham boss Mourinho has asked Jorge Mendes to look for a new centre-back amid doubts over Davinson Sanchez.
The Portuguese reportedly feels the former Ajax star can’t be trusted and would love to move him on this summer.
If that happens, it’s possible Spurs will pursue a deal for Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic.
Express Sport understands there’s no interest from Manchester United in the Serbian, despite reports suggesting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting a move.
And that opens the door to Tottenham, who will also likely keep hold of Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld and Sergio Reguilon.
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Midfield: Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Sabitzer
Tottenham have seen Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg impress for the most part ever since his arrival from Southampton back in the summer transfer window.
And the club are still hopeful Tanguy Ndombele will live up to his billing, despite the France international blowing hot and cold this term.
Spurs are yet to sign a replacement for Christian Eriksen, who joined Inter Milan in January 2020.
And with Mourinho not backing Dele Alli regularly this term, they could make a move for RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer.
The 27-year-old has scored six times in the Bundesliga this season and Spurs have had interest in him dating back to two years ago.
Forwards: Dybala, Son, Kane
Tottenham, it seems, won’t be keeping Gareth Bale.
The Wales international has expressed a desire to return to Real Madrid and it’s hard to see a permanent return to north London happening as a result.
Paulo Dybala may therefore be pursued, with Tottenham long having an interest in the Juventus star.
On the left wing will be Son Heung-Min, regardless of who is in charge.
And Tottenham should still keep Harry Kane, with Daniel Levy set to price the England international out of a move this summer.
Tottenham next five fixtures:
Newcastle – April 4 – Premier League
Manchester United – April 11 – Premier League
Everton – April 17 – Premier League
Manchester City – April 25 – Carabao Cup final
Sheffield United – May 1 – Premier League
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