€15m starting price emerges as Mourinho finds new top defensive target

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has identified Atletico Madrid defender Stafan Savic as his new top defensive target, according to reports.

Defence is set to become an important part of Mourinho’s plans in the upcoming transfer window, with centre-back Jan Vertonghen expected to leave when his contract expires in the coming months.

While Spurs have the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Japhet Tanganga and Davinson Sanchez as options, Vertonghen’s exit would open an opportunity for Spurs to bring in a replacement.

RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano has been linked with a move to Tottenham but according to Todofichajes, Montonegro international Savic has become Mourinho’s preferred option.

Savic, a Premier League winner with Manchester City in 2012, moved to the Spanish capital in 2015 and has made 19 appearances under Diego Simeone this season.

The 29-year-old’s game time has been restricted due to injury, however, and the source says that his prospects are unlikely to change if he stays in Spain.

Savic is reportedly keen to move to the Premier League and Spurs are willing to pay a “good sum” for the player, with Atletico demanding at least €15million for his signature.

As for Tottenham’s current situation, Vertonghen has been heavily linked with a move to Real Betis in recent weeks.

Reports have indicated that Spurs have given up on contract talks with the 33-year-old and that an agreement with the LaLiga side is close.

In other news, Mick McCarthy has urged Tottenham’s Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott to seek a move away from north London.

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