Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho tipped to complete Chelsea transfer raid

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been tipped to raid Chelsea for Olivier Giroud by former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips. Express Sport exclusively revealed that Spurs are battling with Inter Milan and Lazio to sign the France international.

Giroud signed a new one-year contract at Stamford Bridge last month but the arrival of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, with £90million already spent and a possible further £75m on Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, potentially pushes the striker down the pecking order under Frank Lampard.

Tottenham boss Mourinho tried to sign Giroud in the January transfer window and remains a big fan of the 33-year-old.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has taken out a £175million loan to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

And Phillips reckons Tottenham will dip into the transfer market this summer, with the ex-Premier League striker tipping Mourinho to move for Giroud.

Phillips told Football Insider: “It is tough because it is a lot of money to borrow.

“You wonder whether the funds are going to be given to Jose.

“I imagine will have to dip into the transfer market and wheel and deal.

“If Spurs want to challenge for any honours next year then there is three or four areas which really need to be addressed and that will cost money.

“It looks like Giroud is back on their list so that could be a possible. It would not be a bad price and he would be a good fit as a back-up striker.

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“It will be interesting to see what comings and goings come at Tottenham.”

Should ex-Arsenal ace Giroud join Tottenham, he would be second choice behind striker Harry Kane.

England striker Kane has also been linked with a move after revealing he’s open to leaving if Spurs can’t match his ambition.

A lot has been made of Kane’s future, with ex-Spurs ace Jurgen Klinsmann claiming the striker can win trophies under Mourinho.

“He can achieve anything he puts his mind to,” he said.

“He’s so, so talented, exceptional and he’s now into a stage of his career where he is far more mature. He’s not the young lad anymore, even if you think of him as a young player.

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“Watching him from a distance, you wish him now titles. When you play a professional career, and you get the opportunity to play in a top-five team in any country in the world, then it’s about winning titles.

“And so, I keep all my fingers crossed for Spurs and for him that he can collect trophies – that’s what it is all about at the end of the day.

“That’s why I left in ’95. Even though I loved it at White Hart Lane, I had to leave for Bayern Munich because I said, ‘well I’m running out of time. I’m 31 years old and I need to win a couple more trophies’.

“But he has that chance with Spurs, he has a fantastic coach, he has a fantastic team and we all keep our fingers crossed that it happens sooner rather than later.”

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