JOSE MOURINHO is targeting a bumper £90million transfer swoop for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.
El Desmarqueclaim the Tottenham boss is desperate to shore up his defence and has already opened talks with the Serie A club over a January move.
The Spanish outlet adds that Mourinho faces competition forthe Senegalese acefrom two of his former clubs in Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The Portuguese boss wasdesperate to sign Koulibalyat Old Trafford, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiisconfirming that they rejected a £95m bid for the centre-back last year.
Spurs kept their first clean sheet under Mourinho in the 5-0 win over Burnley, conceding two per game in the four matches before that.
BothToby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are set to leave the club on free transfersin the summer and are free to agree moves with non-English clubs in January.
Koulibaly has emerged as one of Europe’s most highly-rated defenders since moving to Napoli in 2014, but haslong been linked with a move away from Italy.
Despite hispublic declaration of love for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, the 28-year-old may finally up sticks and leave this year following a series of off-field problems.
Mutiny broke out at Napoli last month when theplayers ignored orders to stay at the training ground for an intense retreat – known as in ritiro – to try and turn around a poor run of form.
President De Laurentiis slapped the key offenders with fines, with Koulibaly thought to be among the worst targetedafter he was docked £192,000.
Ultras quickly took the president’s side and terrified footballers fled their homes under fear of confrontation.
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This led to reports thatKoulibably would be among the stars sold no matter what, but any arrival would still cause Spurs to break their transfer record.
The north London club only broke their record tosnap up Tanguy Ndombele for £65m from Lyon back in July.
And many anticipated thatMourinho would likely come into conflict with notoriously thrifty Daniel Levyover the Special One’s tendency to splash the cash.
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