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Tottenham interested in £34m-rated defensive star but face competition from Premier League rivals

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Tottenham to battle Arsenal for Alex Grimaldo’s signature

Alex Grimaldo is one of the best players in the Portuguese league and there seems to be ample interest in the Spaniard from London.

The Sun reports that Tottenham are interested in the 24-year-old while Arsenal have also scouted the left-back. The pair are set to battle it out for the full-back, who is rated at £34m, according to the report.

Alex Grimaldo
Alex Grimaldo has starred for Benfica in recent seasons

Grimaldo already has four assists to his name from nine league games this season. The Spaniard has also featured in three Champions League games for Benfica.

Do Tottenham need another left-back?

Tottenham signed Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham in the summer, however, the Englishman hasn’t featured for us due to injuries. The English youngster can play as a left-back but Spurs have two senior options in the team.

Danny Rose continues to be the first-choice while Ben Davies provides adequate cover for the Englishman.

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Alex Grimaldo in action for Benfica

However, Rose’s long-term future is uncertain and he has also struggled for form this season, like most players at Spurs.

Grimaldo could do a great job under Mauricio Pochettino, thanks to his attacking abilities. That said, Spurs must get rid of at least one left-back in the coming transfer window before signing him.

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Three-time Premier League winner might snub Real Madrid for Tottenham job

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Jose Mourinho keeping an eye on the Tottenham job

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keeping an eye on the situation at Tottenham, according to The Sun.

The Portuguese was sacked by the Red Devils last season and hasn’t managed since then. Mourinho has won league titles at Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Porto and is also keen on a return to the Spanish capital.

The report claims that Mourinho believes he can get the Madrid job if he wants it.

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Jose Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

However, Mourinho has told some of his friends that he might not accept the Madrid offer due to the chance of taking over in London (h/t Sun).

Zinedine Zidane’s Real haven’t been all that great and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the Spanish capital.

Uncertain times for Pochettino

The report adds that Mauricio Pochettino faces an uncertain future at Tottenham.

The Argentine took us to the Champions League final in the previous campaign, but this season has been poor.

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Giovani Lo Celso with Mauricio Pochettino (L) against Red Star Belgrade (Image credit: Getty)

We are 14th in the Premier League and are 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City. The performances of the players haven’t been great either and we need to turn things around quickly.

Pochettino is a long-term target for Real Madrid too but Tottenham’s options would be limited if the Argentine left his position (h/t Sun).

Mourinho won the FA Cup and the Europa League with United, but a poor start to the previous campaign saw him get replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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However, the Portuguese is a three-time Premier League winner and has lifted several trophies throughout his career.

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“I have dreams to fulfil” – Tottenham target open to transfer but won’t force exit from current club

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Bruno Fernandes open to transfer from Sporting but won’t force move

Tottenham were linked with Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old helped Portugal win the Nations League and was in great goal-scoring form for Sporting Lisbon too.

Manchester United were also linked with the midfielder, but a move away from Sporting failed to take place (h/t Daily Mail).

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Bruno Fernandes scored 20 league goals for Sporting Lisbon in the last season (Image credit: Getty)

Fernandes has scored eight goals and provided six assists for Sporting this season. The 25-year-old also featured for the national team in their 6-0 win over Lithuania recently.

The midfielder was speaking about his future and claimed he has dreams to fulfil but won’t force a move away (h/t Daily Mail):

“I’m well, doing my job and doing the best I can. I have dreams to fulfil but I have no need to force my departure.

“I feel the love here and if I have to leave, I hope I leave good memories.”

Fernandes also claimed that he wasn’t worried about the transfer rumours, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move later on.

Spurs to move in the winter window?

Fernandes was excellent in the previous campaign too as he racked up 20 goals and 13 assists in the league alone.

Tottenham made some big moves in the summer and have seen Tanguy Ndombele do well since joining.

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Giovani Lo Celso with Mauricio Pochettino (L) against Red Star Belgrade (Image credit: Getty)

Giovani Lo Celso, another midfielder who joined in the summer, has also started our last two games.

It will be interesting to see if we make a move for Fernandes in the winter window.

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Christian Eriksen is a free agent at the end of the season and hasn’t been at his best either. We could do with more goals from the midfield, and Fernandes has a record of scoring regularly from that position.

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Boost for Poch as Championship side could sell Tottenham target in January rather than losing him in the summer

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West Brom could sell Tottenham target Nathan Ferguson in January

West Brom fear they could lose Nathan Ferguson in the summer for nothing and could sell him in January, according to the Daily Mail.

The right-back is a free agent at the end of the season and has been linked with Tottenham (h/t Daily Mail).

The report adds that Crystal Palace are also keen on the U20 full-back and both London clubs want him in January.

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Nathan Ferguson (L) has impressed for the West Brom first-team this season (Image credit: Getty)

However, the Championship side want to tie down their rising star to a new five-year deal (h/t Daily Mail).

However, they fear that Ferguson could even let his deal run down and move abroad in the summer (h/t Daily Mail).

Tottenham want to solve a problem area

Tottenham have had issues with their right-back slot in recent years.

Kieran Trippier was sold in the summer to Atletico Madrid while Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters have struggled to stay fit at the club.

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Serge Aurier during a training session for Tottenham (Image credit: Tottenham Twitter)

Aurier has also struggled for form and the report claims that Tottenham see Ferguson as a long-term solution to this position.

It will be interesting to see if we move for the youngster in the winter window. Spurs could wait till the end of the campaign and land him for a compensation fee decided by a tribunal too.

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Spurs have tried Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth in that position too in recent months.

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Serie A boss in London to discuss possible transfer of this Tottenham target

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Juventus sporting director in London to discuss Mario Mandzukic transfer

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici is in London to discuss the transfer of Mario Mandzukic, according to Calciomercato.

The 33-year-old Croatian forward hasn’t played for Juventus this season and was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer (h/t Calciomercato).

Mandzukic has been linked with an exit since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri and Paratici is in London to discuss an exit to United (h/t Calciomercato).

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Mario Mandzukic scored nine Serie A goals in the previous season (Image credit: Getty)

However, the Red Devils are willing to offer €10million while Juventus want €15m for the forward (h/t Calciomercato).

This could open the door for Tottenham to enter the fray as Paratici is also trying to find other buyers, according to the report.

Tottenham are interested in the former Atletico Madrid star and could move for him in the January window (h/t Calciomercato).

West Ham are also keen on the striker (h/t Calciomercato) and it will be interesting to see where Mandzukic lands in January.

A handful in the box

Mandzukic doesn’t have a great scoring record for Juventus, but he provides a lot of quality in the air.

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Mario Mandzukic hasn’t featured for Juventus this season (Image credit: Getty)

The Croatian is great at winning headers and could provide Spurs with a different option in the attack.

Tottenham don’t have recognised cover for Harry Kane after allowing Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen to leave in the summer.

Mandzukic scored nine Serie A goals from 25 appearances in the previous season and provided six assists too.

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His previous campaign wasn’t that great with just five goals and three assists in the league.

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