Tottenham tipped for defender exchange with ex-Simeone favourite


Tottenham could be set to do further business with Inter Milan with a pair of defenders potentially swapping clubs, according to an Italian report.

The two clubs found common ground in the last window when the Serie A powerhouse agreed a £17m fee to secure the signature of Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Under Antonio Conte, Inter have gathered a plethora of former Premier League talent, with Eriksen joining the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young, as well as loan signings Alexis Sanchez and Victor Moses.

Now, the latest report from Italian publication Calciomercato suggests that Jan Vertonghen could be the latest Premier League star to join the Nerazzurri, but with an Inter star moving in the opposite direction.

The outlet state that former Atletico Madrid stalwart Diego Godin could move the other way, with Inter reportedly open to his exit to shift the remaining €12m of salary owed over the next two years.

Belgian Vertonghen has been a capable performer at White Hart Lane, but appears set for a new challenge with his contract expiring in the summer.

Ajax have been credited with interest in bringing their former academy graduate back to Amsterdam, but Inter have appeared to be leading the race for his signature over the previous months.

Godin was a standout performer for many a year under Diego Simeone at Atleti, but since his move to the San Siro in the summer, has struggled to adapt to Conte’s three centre-back system.


The Calciomercato report speculates that a return to the more structured four at the back under traditionally defensive Mourinho would suit Godin, though at 34, would only represent a short-term solution to Spurs’ defensive woes.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has made a surprise decision regarding under-fire midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

Mourinho recently took aim at the £65m man, which has led to speculation that the club will look to sell the France international in the summer window with PSG understood to be circling.

Mauricio Pochettino opted for a softly, softly approach with the former Lyon man as he bedded in for his first season in England. However, Mourinho has not shown as much patience with the player.

Back in early February, the Portuguese firebrand said that Ndombele needed to step up and that he was still not ready to play 90 minutes for Tottenham after recovering from injury.

The Tottenham boss has also said in the past that Ndombele is “always injured” and after he missed Spurs’ 2-1 win over Brighton earlier in the season that “he was not injured but not feeling in a condition to play.”

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