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Daniel Levy unwilling to splash the cash on £30.7m-rated defender wanted by Mourinho

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Daniel Levy not keen on splashing the cash on Alex Grimaldo

Jose Mourinho is keen on signing Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, according to Portuguese outlet Record (h/t The Sun).

However, the boss has a problem in trying to convince Daniel Levy to spend big on the Spaniard, according to the report.

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy recently announced a 20 percent pay cut for non-playing staff

Grimaldo has been a success in Portugal since joining Benfica from Barcelona in 2016. The left-back has one goal and eight assists for his club this season.

Benfica value their 24-year-old defender at £30.7m. However, Levy isn’t keen on spending that much for the Spaniard (h/t The Sun).

Grimaldo also has three years on his current deal and it will be interesting to see if we make a serious move for him next season.

Trouble in the defence

We are already short of left-backs in the current team after Danny Rose was sent on loan at Newcastle.

The Englishman could not cement a starting place at the club and was inconsistent for a couple of years.

That leaves us only with Ben Davies as the first-choice for the position. Serge Aurier, Japhet Tanganga and Jan Vertonghen can all slot in as the left-back but none of them are regulars here.

Alex Grimaldo
Alex Grimaldo in action for Benfica

Grimaldo would be a great signing for the left-back slot as he is a great crosser and passer of the ball, according to WhoScored.

The 24-year-old also takes set-pieces which would an added bonus for Mourinho. Spurs need to get some cover and competition for Davies and landing Grimaldo would be a coup for the club.

We did spend big to land Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven in the January window (h/t The Guardian).

Tanguy Ndombele also joined for a record fee at the start of this season (h/t BBC), and it will be great if we can spend the cash again in the summer.

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Mourinho has a rebuilding job on his hands, and hopefully, we get the right players to make the project a success.

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