Tottenham are moving one step closer to signing Atalanta star Timothy Castagne this summer.
Spurs have been hit harder than most by these unprecedented circumstances, as major events scheduled to take place in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have been cancelled or postponed, which has led to Daniel Levy borrowing a huge sum of £175m from the Bank of England to cover the costs.
Therefore, Tottenham are not expected to be busy in the transfer market, as Jose Mourinho will largely have to rely on organising swap deals, signing free agents and hunting for bargains in the summer.
The Portuguese has made it clear he wants to improve his defence as the Lilywhites have leaked goals for fun all season long.
Serge Aurier is the club’s only designated right-back and Mourinho will have a problem if he picks up an injury. While Japhet Tanganga can fill in if required, Kyle Walker-Peters is currently on loan at Southampton.
According to Le10 Sport, as per The Daily Express, plans are in motion for Mourinho to hold talks with Castagne.
Spurs are seemingly hellbent on signing the Belgian, which spells bad news for Walker-Peters.
Like every other good manager before him, Mourinho will know that sorting out a solid defence is just as important as having a strong attack.
Castagne has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest talents after arriving at Atalanta from Genk for £5.85m in 2017. The 24-year-old has played 21 games in Serie A, scoring 1 goal, supplying 1 assist, winning 1.3 tackles per game and earning a pass accuracy rating of 85% so far (WhoScored).
He is only one year older than Walker-Peters, which doesn’t bode well for the academy graduate, who has fallen out of favour with Mourinho after taking a pot-shot at the boss on the Saints’ official website.
The 23-year-old has played every single minute of Southampton’s last three games, helping Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side beat Watford and Manchester City.
However, the fact that Mourinho is actively pursuing Castagne is not a good sign for Walker-Peters, coupled with the fact the head coach is willing to let him go.
Whether or not he will return to Spurs in the summer remains to be seen.
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