Teams managed by Jose Mourinho are known for being resolute at the back. Sometimes criticised for ‘parking the bus’, the Portuguese likes his teams to be built on solid foundations. Here are three defenders Mourinho could target to sure up the Tottenham defence.
Nathan Ake has several suitors following a string of impressive performances for Bournemouth. Chelsea appear to be leading the race for the Dutch defender, but if the Blues do not go ahead with the move, Tottenham should look at moving in.
Already an established player for his national side, Ake is strong in the air and comfortable with the ball at his feet. He also has the advantage of having years of Premier League experience under his belt, so he would not need to adapt.
RB Leipzig defender Upamecano has impressed again for the German side this season. His club have the joint-most clean sheets in the Bundesliga this season, and the Frenchman has been a big part of that.
He possesses a high level of football intelligence and reads the game very well for a 21-year-old. He can also bring the ball forward and has an impressive passing range.
His current deal runs out in 2021, so Tottenham could look at sealing a pre-contract agreement.
Koulibaly is regarded as one of the best defenders in world football, and recently placed 24th in the Ballon D’or shortlist.
There have been reports of Mourinho contemplating a £90 million move for the 28-year-old (Daily Mail). Although it would be a significant investment, Koulibaly would drastically improve the Tottenham defence. His experience could also prove valuable in nurturing the talent of young Juan Foyth.