Jose Mourinho wants Tottenham to sign Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo, according to reports in Spain.
Semedo, an attacking right-back, has made 20 appearances across all competitions this season but has struggled to cement a place in Barcelona’s starting line-up since joining from Benfica in the summer of 2017.
Spanish outlet El Desmarque claims Mourinho is keen for Spurs to make a move for the 26-year-old, who impressed against the Londoners in last season’s Champions League group stages.
The report suggests Tottenham are willing to pay €36 million for Semedo, though it is thought Barcelona want to recoup significantly more than that.
Semedo is a Portugal international, so the nationality link with Mourinho is there. El Desmarque also believes a lack of Champions League football would not concern Semedo as he simply wants to play regularly and ‘feel important’. Spurs are currently six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for a top four finish.
Serge Aurier has been Mourinho’s first-choice right-back to date but the Ivorian’s defending continues to come in for criticism. Semedo is not much different in that regard, but perhaps Mourinho sees more potential for improvement in that area of his game.