Jose Mourinho has made the signing of a central defender as one of his top objectives for the summer transfer window at Tottenham Hotspur.
Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur boss is desperately looking for stability in his defence, and is on the search for a quality centre-back. Mourinho started the season with Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier at the centre-back position, however, Dier has fallen behind in the pecking order with Davinson Sanchez being preferred over him lately.
The Portuguese manager is eyeing a summer move for the Southampton centre-back, Jannik Vestergaard in the summer, as reported by Mirror. Vestergaard is a tall and imposing defender who has been a vital part of Southampton’s squad this season. The Dane has the ability to operate on either side of the two at the back and can be a threat in the opposition’s penalty area as he has a knack for scoring from set-pieces. Saints boss, Ralph Hasenhuttl missed him dearly when he was injured around the turn of the year.
The Danish centre-back has scored three goals in the current Premier League and has played 1,844 minutes this season. He will enter the final year of his contract at Southampton next season and Spurs believe that they can land the defender at a bargained price in the summer, with such little time left in his contract. Last summer, the Lilywhites signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from the Saints that has turned out to be a fantastic addition to the squad.
Jannik Vestergaard has represented his national team, Denmark in 19 international matches and joined Southampton in 2018 after a switch from the German team, Borussia Moenchengladbach. The 28-year-old started his career in Germany, playing for three clubs before his arrival in England. Considering that Spurs are in dire need of a centre-back, Vestergaard is certainly a good option with his experience of playing in England’s top-flight competition for three seasons.