Jose Mourinho ‘not a fan’ of potential first signing of Nuno era at Tottenham

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Tottenham are edging closer to the signing of Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, a player Jose Mourinho is not thought to be keen on. New sporting director Fabio Paratici looks to be pushing ahead with the move following the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo with talks now advanced over the potential transfer.

Paratici is looking to improve the club’s fortunes in the transfer market and will look to strengthen the Tottenham squad this summer.

A centre-back is top of their list when transfers are concerned and two could arrive before the start of the new season.

Tomiyasu can also play at right-back and does have a separate offer on the table from Atalanta.

However, Spurs now remain confident they can get the deal over the line.

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Tottenham’s current bid is worth £15.5million plus add-ons but Bologna are looking for slightly more than that.

According to The Evening Standard, Spurs have been tracking Tomiyasu for quite some time.

The report states that Mourinho had the chance to sign the versatile defender but he was not personally a fan of the player and therefore declined.

Yet Spurs have continued to track Tomiyasu’s development and they truly believe he is a big prospect.

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The 22-year-old could become the first signing of the Nuno era, as the former Wolves boss prepares to get stuck into his new role.

Chairman Daniel Levy believes the Portuguese can build something special in north London.

“First of all, I’d like to welcome Nuno to the club,” he said in a statement.

“We should like to thank our supporters for all their patience throughout this process.

“I’ve spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football and Fabio and I believe Nuno is the man who can take our talented group of players, embrace our young players coming through and build something special.”

Nuno’s tactical adaptability was a huge pull for Paratici, who had to convince Levy that he was the right man for the job.

The Italian had Nuno on his shortlist to replace Maurizio Sarri last summer before appointing Andrea Pirlo.

Spurs begin their Premier League campaign at home to Manchester City.

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