Tottenham Hotspur have Serge Aurier to thank for their failure to sign Timothy Castagne
The former Atalanta man is a versatile full-back capable of playing on either flank. Adding him to our roster would have given us strength in depth in multiple positions.
The 24-year-old joined Atalanta from Belgian club KRC Genk in 2017. He impressed during his time in Italy and was instrumental in the club’s UEFA Champions League run until the quarter-finals.
However, Tottenham’s inability to stump up the cash has seen Castagne move to Leicester City. The Foxes who lost Ben Chilwell to Chelsea earlier this window, now have another excellent full-back in their midst.
Castagne’s father has revealed that Jose Mourinho personally called up his son to try to convince him to move to North London. (h/t Express)
“With a little more money they could have made an offer, like Leicester. Timothy conducted a video conference with Jose Mourinho, but Tottenham had to sell Serge Aurier first.”
Spurs have already brought in one full-back in the form of Wolves star Matt Doherty. Mourinho’s interest in Castagne can be construed as the Portuguese seeking to further strengthen his options.
However, Spurs needed to sell before they could buy and fell short of the asking price for the 24-year-old. It is debatable if things could have gone better had we been able to sell off Serge Aurier.
The Ivorian has attracted attention from the likes of AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen. However, there has been a lack of progress regarding any developments.
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Swapping Aurier for Castagne would have been a massive upgrade for us going into the new season. The Ivorian is an inconsistent performer who always has an error in him. Unfortunately, it will now be Leicester who will benefit from the Belgian’s talents.