Jose Mourinho Wants To Sign Chris Smalling For Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur will attempt to sign Chris Smalling this summer, reports Tuttosport.

The Englishman secured a season-long loan move to AS Roma in the summer, following the arrival of Harry Maguire as Man Utd looked to strengthen their defense. The loan deal is said to be worth €3 million, without an option to make the move permanent.

Since arriving in Italy, Smalling has managed to impress his new side’s fans after quickly becoming one of the first names on the teamsheet. And since making his debut, the defender has missed just 3 fixtures, twice due to injury. It is clear that the England international has become a key player at Roma.

However, the centre-back has to eventually return to England, as the Italians have no option to buy him at the end of his loan spell. This leaves the United loanee behind Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly for the starting centre-back spot.

Naturally, there is a good possibility that the former Fulham man may depart Old Trafford for good.

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And the veteran defender has no shortage of suitors as reports in Italy claim Tottenham are keen on importing him to North London. Moreover, it was also reported that Spurs are ‘increasingly confident’ of securing the services of the 30-year-old.

Jose Mourinho, having previously worked with him, is said to trust him as the solution to the Londoners’ defensive woes.

Both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were sat on the bench as they watched their side succumb to Wolves at home during their latest Premier League outing.