New Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has given chairman Daniel Levy the names of the first three men he wants to sign for the club, according to The Independent.
The Portuguese ‘Special One’ replaced Mauricio Pochettino in charge of Spurs on Wednesday, and has not been shy in identifying initial transfer targets that he thinks can help the London club get back towards the upper echelon of the Premier League, and competing strongly again in the Champions League.
It was always going to be interesting to see how the Tottenham transfer business plays out from this moment forward, with Mourinho renowned for spending big wherever he has managed, and Levy equally known for not parting with money very easily.
The Spurs boss has already run the rule over what he has inherited at the New Tottenham Stadium, and with that he has told his chairman that he wants to sign Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Dias and Nemanja Matic.
Tottenham have already had their eyes on the first of those three, with Pochettino having him on his radar as a potential target, although no move for him materialised.
Dias, who currently plays for Benfica, is being looked at as an option in case Mourinho is not able to get Spurs’ defensive pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to sign new terms on their current deals in the coming weeks, ahead of them being able to sign pre-contract agreements elsewhere in January.
Should the Portuguese boss recruit Matic, it would be the third time they will unite, having previously been together at Tottenham’s rivals Chelsea, and again at Manchester United.
Whether Spurs end up providing Mourinho with all three of his targets remains to be seen, but the overall nature of the transfer activity at the London club will be something that is carefully scrutinised throughout the month of January.