Lille must be sick of the sight of Spurs. Not only has Mourinho raided last season’s Ligue 1 runners up for assistant Joao Sacramento and goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss apparently wants to bring two of their star players to North London as well.
Jeunes Footeaux claims that star striker Victor Osimhen, who has been compared to Mourinho favourite Didier Drogba, is a target as well as the highly-rated central midfielder Soumare.
Soumare has been likened to Mourinho’s former Old Trafford nemesis Pogba due to his brilliant passing range and ability to dominate the midfield battleground, though he is more of a ball-winner than a creator.
Perhaps the 20-year-old could be the player who Mourinho builds his entire Spurs team around.
Either way, Soumare isn’t going to come cheap. Lille president Gerard Lopez believes he is one of the very best in the world in his position and will therefore demand at least £43 million, having previously turned down offers in the region of £40 million from other English clubs.
But with the famously demanding Mourinho now calling the shots from the dugout, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy might have to put his money where his mouth is.
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