Go for it Mourinho – Tottenham beating Arsenal to this 32-year-old veteran star would be a smart stop-gap

Bayern Munich's German defender Jerome Boateng plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt on October 24, 2020 in Munich, southern Germany. (Photo by Christof STACHE / various sources / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Why Tottenham signing Jerome Boateng would be a smart move

According to Bild (h/t Football.london), Tottenham are keeping an eye on Jerome Boateng and his situation at Bayern. The veteran defender is refusing a new contract and is likely to walk out on a free transfer once his current deal expires at the end of this season. London rivals Arsenal are also said to be interested in the player.

Spurs could use someone of Boateng’s experience

Spurs did some good business in the last transfer window when they signed the likes of Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Rodon. However, one area that looks a bit light and in need of quality is the central defence.

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HAMBURG, GERMANY – APRIL 22: Jerome Boateng of HSV runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg match between Hamburger SV and Fulham at HSH Nordbank Arena on April 22, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Mourinho has used Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Ben Davies in those two positions. While they have fared decently, they look far from a cohesive unit at the back. Dier and Davies are not natural centre-backs and it is clearly visible. Add to that the departures of Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth and you have a very delicate situation.

A player like Boateng would be a good stop-gap solution for Spurs. Yes, Boateng might be on his last legs at the age of 32 but the man is still a quality defender. He was a vital part of Bayern’s treble last season and still looks like he has a few more years in the tank.

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RAZGRAD, BULGARIA – NOVEMBER 05: Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the UEFA Europa League Group J stage match between PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and Tottenham Hotspur at Ludogorets Arena on November 5, 2020 in Razgrad, Bulgaria. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

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With Spurs spending so much on transfers, a budget-friendly option like Boateng wouldn’t be the worst option to go for. He is out of contract at the end of the season and can be signed for a meagre sum in January or for free next summer. This is a deal than can hugely benefit Spurs and they can go for it.