Spurs boss Mourinho ‘in touch’ with Real Madrid over £51m striker

Date published: Monday 20th January 2020 1:40 - Joe Williams

Luka Jovic Real Madrid Arsenal

Jose Mourinho would still like to see Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic arrive at Tottenham in January following Harry Kane’s injury, according to reports.

Kane is likely to be out of action until mid-April after rupturing a tendon in his hamstring away at Southampton on New Year’s Day, while some reports suggest he could be sidelined for the rest of the season.

The England skipper’s absence has proved costly for Spurs of late, with Mourinho’s men failing to score in each other last three Premier League games.

And according to Defensa Central, Mourinho has been in touch with old club Madrid over a potential move for Jovic in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old completed a £51m switch to Los Blancos in the summer but has so far failed to justify that high price tag, scoring just one goal in 18 appearances under Zinedine Zidane.

Nevertheless, it is believed that Madrid are prepared to be patient with Jovic as he continues to adapt to life in LaLiga.

The report adds that Florentino Perez is determined to keep hold of the Serbia international this month, meaning Spurs will need to table an impressive offer if they want to lure Real into a sale.

But it would appear that a striker will arrive in north London over the next two weeks, with Mourinho admitting after the goalless draw with Watford that Spurs need to do some business.

“Do we need a striker? Yeah, if possible, yes,” he said.

“But it has to be a positive situation for us, so in this moment we have attacking players that are very good. Son [Heung-Min], Lucas [Moura], [Erik] Lamela, [Giovani] Lo Celso, Dele Alli – of course they are very good, but we miss that target man.

“So if it’s possible, we are doing everything possible and it’s not easy but we are trying to add that player to the squad.”


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