Tottenham to rival Everton in race for 135-cap international defender

Date published: Friday 5th June 2020 8:35 - Sam Charlton

Tottenham and Everton are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Inter Milan centre back Diego Godin in the next transfer window, according to reports. 

The Uruguayan moved to the San Siro last summer following a nine year spell with Atletico Madrid, but could be on the move again after failing to find his best form in Italy.

Godin has made 25 apperances in his debut season with Inter, however he has also regularly been benched with Antonio Conte choosing to play Stefan de Vrij and Milan Skriniar ahead of him, while Alessandro Bastoni has also featured sporadically.

With a starting spot not guaranteed, the 34-year-old may look to depart ‘I Nerazzurri’ just one year in to a three-year deal and according to a report on Calciomercato, cited on Sports Lens, Tottenham and Everton are interested in singing him when the transfer market opens.

Spurs have struggled defensively in 2019/20, conceding 40 goals in 29 Premier League games, and Jose Mourinho is likely to make a number of changes to the squad ahead of his first full year in charge.

What’s more, with Jan Vertonghen looking likely to leave at some point in the coming months, the North London club will be on the look out for an experienced defender to add to their ranks, meaning Godin would be a good fit.

Everton, meanwhile, are also heading into their first full season under Carlo Ancelotti and are hoping to add quality to their squad as they look to climb up the league table and challenge for the European places.

The report adds that Godin could be tempted by an offer from the Premier League, with the defender keen to test himself in England having already played in Spain and Italy.

 

 

It has previously been suggested that Manchester United are also considering making a swoop for the former Atletico captain, however their interest seems to have cooled in recent months.

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