It is no secret Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his squad in the summer.
Mourinho has made it clear he wants to sign a new centre-back, right-back and midfielder.
The Spurs head coach knows he will need to make additions to his defence, as Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth are seemingly set to leave, while Japhet Tanganga has been ruled out for the foreseeable future.
It is pretty obvious Spurs have serious problems at the back, as they have conceded more goals in the Premier League than Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.
Gabriel, who has been recognised as “one of the top five central defenders in Europe” by Lille president Gerard Lopez, has made 24 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 1 goal, making 1.7 tackles and averaging 3.3 clearances per game via WhoScored.
The Spanish outlet revealed Mourinho has personally requested that Spurs sign Gabriel.
Previous reports claimed the Lilywhites had failed to meet Lille’s demands but that no longer appears to be the case.
The Brazilian has been linked with a move to the Premier League as Arsenal and Everton made offers for the defender in January. Spurs have a close relationship with the Mastiffs though, which could work in their favour.
While Vertonghen has signed a short-term extension, he will leave the club as a free agent once the season is completed. The Belgian, who was a favourite of Mauricio Pochettino, has been a loyal servant for many years.
His departure will leave space in the squad and the 22-year-old could be the perfect fit in his place.
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