Jose Mourinho ‘told by Tottenham to snap-up free transfers’ over financial problems… and here’s an XI he could sign – The Sun

JOSE MOURINHO has been told to focus on snapping up free transfers when the transfer window reopens, according to reports.

The financial impact of coronavirus is still largely unknown but it is expected to have a major effect on transfer fees.

Chairman Daniel Levy opted to place non-playing staff on furlough soon after the government scheme was set up but the club made a U-turn after heavy criticism.

And now according to journalist Duncan Castles, Spurs want their manager to look at who he could bring in for nothing as another cash-saving plan.

As things stand, the North London club will lose defenders Jan Vertonghen and Japhet Tanganga as well as goalkeeper Michel Vorm when their contracts run out at the end of the season.

But there are plenty of players who are on course to be released from their current clubs in the summer and would therefore be available for free.

Here, SunSport looks at the entire XI Mourinho could land according to

Walter Benitez

Nice goalkeeper, 27, is represented by Mino Raiola so has a link straight into the Premier League.

But he has conceded 36 goals in 26 Ligue 1 games this season, with just four clean sheets.

Thomas Meunier

Manchester United have been keeping close tabs on the Belgian but Spurs could be in pole position for the Belgian.

That is because boss Mourinho called Meunier, 28, to convince him to join him in North London and replace Serge Aurier at right-back, just as he did at Paris Saint-Germain.

Malang Sarr

Highly-rated Nice centre-back, 21, has been strongly linked with Newcastle so Spurs had better move quick.

The France Under-21 international came through the academy at Nice, joining aged six and making 112 first-team appearances.

Jose Luis Palomino

Argentine journeyman Palomino finally seemed to settle when he joined Atalanta in 2017 and became a first-team regular, one short of 100 matches for the club.

The 30-year-old has missed just six matches across all competitions and helped the Serie A side reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Layvin Kurzawa

Spanish reports claimed recently Arsenal were on the brink of announcing the 27-year-old PSG left-back.

But it is yet to happen and, although Kurzawa has now turned his attention to getting a move to Barcelona, Tottenham could be in with a chance.

Mario Gotze

The World Cup winner is out of contract at Borussia Dortmund but still has time to prove a point aged 27.

Spurs were linked with Gotze way back in 2016 when he returned to Dortmund from rivals Bayern Munich.

Giacomo Bonaventura

The 30-year-old nicknamed ‘Jack’ is hot property in Serie A.

The AC Milan midfielder has been linked with moves to Atalanta, Torino, Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli.

Adam Lallana

England and Liverpool star, 31, is set to leave the Kop this summer – but will he do so with a Premier League winners medal to his name?

Leicester were keen on taking Lallana so Mourinho would have to battle it out with Brendan Rodgers.


The Brazilian famously rejected Spurs to join Chelsea in 2013. Seven years on, could he finally head to N17 and reunite with the Special One?

Rivals Arsenal are also interested but both sides could be put off by his three-year, £120,000-a-week contract demands.

Dries Mertens

Chelsea have reportedly made contact with the 32-year-old Belgian over a switch.

But he could remain with Napoli to become their all-time top goalscorer – he is currently tied with Marik Hamsik.

Ryan Fraser

The Bournemouth winger was on fire for the Cherries last season with eight goals and a stunning 15 assists.

But after links with a £30m move to the Emirates in the summer, the Scotland international has managed just one goal and four assists in 32 this term.

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