Mourinho open to January sale, but price holding up Valencia transfer

Date published: Saturday 9th January 2021 12:23

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-Valencia are interested in signing Spurs midfielder Harry Winks, but have yet to meet Tottenham’s valuation of the player, claims a report.

Winks, 24, has been afforded game time of late due to the injury to Giovani Lo Celso. Winks has started the last two Premier League games with the Argentinian, who broke Covid-19 protocols, sidelined.

The England man though has generally struggled for games this season with Jose Mourinho preferring Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko.

Winks started the first three games of the campaign, but quickly found himself benched and has spoken to Mourinho about a move.

Mourinho, speaking before Christmas, was adamant that Winks would not leave on loan.

“In relation to Winks (leaving) on loan in January, no way,” Mourinho said.

“You know,” he said. “Yes he came to me. He came to me, not just him. Many players come to me.

“I have my office on the first floor but I also have a little space on the ground floor next to the players’ dressing room where I used to be before and after training session to make it easy for them.



“So it is easy for them to come around the corner to speak to me, so yes, Winks came to speak to me.”

Now it has emerged from AS that Valencia want the midfielder on a permanent deal.

Valencia boss Javi Gracia will be backed by new recruits this month: “I trust reinforcements will arrive.”

But the LaLiga side are trying to strengthen on the cheap.

Email exchange

The report claims Valencia have been working for weeks on a transfer for Winks. There has been an exchange of emails between the clubs and Tottenham are open to the deal.

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It’s claimed that Winks is keen on a move to Spain, as he looks to cement a place in England’s squad for the Euros.

The fee that Daniel Levy is looking for is unclear. But Valencia are reported to be nowhere near meeting the asking price.

With over 150 matches in all competitions for Spurs and three-and-a-half-years on his contract, Levy is in a strong position. The midfielder has yet to hit the prime of his career and already has eight England caps to his name.

Spurs will not allow him to leave on the cheap. And a loan deal, as documented by Mourinho, is not an option.


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