Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Diego Godin has been described as a “great man, a leader and a professional” by fellow Uruguayan Ruben Sosa.
Spurs are believed to be interested in the Inter Milan defender as a potential replacement for Jan Vertonghen, whose future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium remains in doubt.
The Mirror, which credits Tottenham with an interest in Godin, noted how the Uruguay international was previously on Mourinho’s radar at Manchester United.
Godin almost joined the Portuguese at Old Trafford in 2018 before performing a U-turn and staying with Atletico Madrid for one more season, reportedly leaving the boss “fuming”.
The 34-year-old then swapped Atletico for Inter last summer and has made 25 appearances for the Nerazzurri (Transfermarkt), but his days at the San Siro appear to be numbered.
A Calciomercato report from April claims Inter are now considering offers for the Uruguayan – on a reported £84,000-a-week salary – to get him off their wage bill.
The Mirror (15 April, page 49) says Godin could be available for as little as £7million.
“Godin is a great man, a leader and a professional,” Sosa, who played for Inter between 1992 and 1995, told Passione Inter.
“He is aware that Inter are a great club and although he cannot play every game now that he is no longer a boy, he always does very well in complex games. You have to play him in the most difficult matches, he is a team player.”
Mourinho appears willing to let bygones be bygones with regards to a player who was seemingly set on a move to Manchester United before making a U-turn, by seemingly wanting to bring him to Spurs.
Godin is undoubtedly a high-calibre centre-back with an illustrious, trophy-laden CV, and Tottenham are certainly in need of reinforcements at the back, particularly if Vertonghen does opt to up sticks in the summer.
However, replacing a 32-year-old with a 34-year-old doesn’t seem particularly logical, and even though £7million is a fairly cheap price, particularly in the current climate, if he’s on around £84,000-a-week, how much of a paycut would he realistically be willing to take?