Jose Mourinho keen on experienced Serie-A star Diego Godin
According to the Mirror (h/t Daily Mail), Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is keen to beat former club Manchester United to veteran Uruguayan defender Diego Godin.
The defence is an area of scrutiny under Mourinho, with the club struggling to keep clean sheets this season. Jan Vertonghen has struggled to dominate attackers while Toby Alderweireld too has struggled to perform at his usual levels.
Although 34 now, Godin is a vastly experienced player who will add both quality and leadership to the Tottenham backline, albeit for the short term.
The Uruguayan was one of Europe’s best defenders at Atletico. He was the lynchpin of the Argentine manager’s impressive defensive system implemented in the Spanish capital.
Godin played twice in the biggest game in European club football and even gave his side the lead as Atletico came agonizingly close to being crowned European Champions in 2014.
Now at Inter Milan, he has continued to marshall Conte’s backline with consummate ease and skill. The Nerazzurri have the joint second-best defensive record in the league this season, with the Uruguayan playing a major role. Godin has made 25 appearances for Inter since joining the club last summer.
Tottenham will have to beat off competition from Manchester United and Valencia to sign the player. Godin’s contract at the San Siro runs until 2022. According to the report, it should be possible to tempt the player from Italy.
Mourinho was keen on the defender during his time at Manchester United. Attempts to land the player in 2018 ended in disappointment with Godin choosing to stay at Atletico. The Portuguese will hope it’s second time lucky this summer.
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A vastly experienced player, Godin is the most capped player in Uruguayan football history with 135 caps. He was a part of the national side that won the Copa America title in 2011.