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Jose Mourinho wants to sign Ruben Dias from SL Benfica

According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is keen on signing compatriot Ruben Dias from Portuguese outfit SL Benfica.

It has been an eventful transfer window at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium so far. The club have brought in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty already. In addition, Spurs have welcomed back prodigal son Gareth Bale on a loan deal from Real Madrid, while Sergio Reguilon has arrived as well. (h/t Evening Standard)

Ruben Dias has an £80m release clause

Jose Mourinho wants to sign Ruben Dias

However, the transfer activity is not done as of yet, with Mourinho still keen on two more signings. One of them is a new striker, given Tottenham’s lack of any sort of backup to Harry Kane. Plus, the manager is also intent on securing a deal for a new centre-back. (h/t Evening Standard)

It is understandable that the manager is on the lookout to bolster his defence, given that the team was far from secure at the back last season. In addition, Jan Vertonghen has left the club after his contract expired at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. So, bolstering the defence would be the right thing to do for the club.

And Mourinho has turned to his homeland to do that, with Benfica’s Ruben Dias emerging as a target. A product of the Benfica youth academy, the 23-year-old broke into the first-team in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength with every passing year.

Dias has already racked up 136 appearances for the Portuguese giants, scoring 11 goals. He has also racked up 19 appearances for the Portuguese national team as well. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Vertonghen left Tottenham at the end of 2019/20 season

Vertonghen left Tottenham at the end of 2019/20 season

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Tottenham made an approach for the 23-year-old back in January, only to be rejected by Benfica. However, the impact of the virus on finances coupled with the failure of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League might force them to reconsider their stance. (h/t Evening Standard)

Dias is represented by super agent Jorge Mendes, who also happens to represent Mourinho. With still four years on his contract, Benfica might demand a hefty sum, which may throw a spanner in the works. It remains to be seen if Spurs do make a move for the Portuguese international.

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