Tottenham Hotspur could take advantage of Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic pondering one last big move, according to reports in Spain.
Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for new defenders, with Jan Vertonghen set to leave as a free agent at the end of the season – leaving Spurs with a void to fill at centre-back.
The Belgian defender does not appearing to be following his club-and-country teammate Toby Alderweireld in signing a new contract, with reports linking him with a move either to Italy or Spain – and his replacement could come from the latter.
Reports have emerged indicating that Mourinho is considering a move for Atletico’s Savic, who played briefly for Manchester City in their title winning campaign of 2011-12.
Savic has since established himself at Fiorentina and earned a move to Atletico in 2015, going on to make more than 150 appearances for them.
However, despite there being two years remaining on his contract, Savic’s time in Madrid may soon be coming to an end, as Mundo Deportivo suggest that he is an objective for Spurs.
The update claims that Savic could be willing to consider one last shot at the Premier League, having only made 21 appearances in his spell with Man City – and a move could happen if Tottenham can meet Atletico’s asking price, even though Diego Simeone is keen to avoid a large number of departures this summer.
That price tag appears to be somewhere in the region of €15m to €20m – and previous reports have suggested that Spurs would be willing to spend a “good sum” for Savic, despite Mourinho warning not to expect large amounts being spent when the transfer window opens.
“I would like my club to be what I know what we will be: sensible, balanced and not going to spend rivers of money,” the Spurs boss said earlier this week. “We are trying to respect the situation, not just the football but the situation in the world and society overall.”
Savic could consider his position if Atletico cannot guarantee him regular first team football next season, with injuries seeing him limited to being a backup for most of this season.