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Tottenham had serious interest in signing Timothy Castagne before his move to Leicester. The wing-back’s father has revealed Spurs were unable to pay the cash to make a deal happen.
Castagne has proven to be a versatile player in Serie A in being able to play on both sides of defence. Leicester won the race for his signature, completing a deal worth £18million from Atalanta.
Spurs have already signed a right-back having brought in Matt Doherty from Wolves on a cut-price deal. Castagne’s father has revealed Mourinho even held a private call with the 24-year-old to try and gauge a possible transfer.
“[Timothy] conducted a video conference with Jose Mourinho, but Tottenham had to sell Serge Aurier first,” Pierre Castagne told Het Nieuwsblad. “With a little more money they could have made an offer, like Leicester.”
Castagne’s father went on to state how his son had always dreamt of a move to the Premier League.
“PSG showed interest, but the make-up of Ligue 1, where you only have a few top teams, does not attract him,” he added. “Tim also played for Genk, not for Anderlecht. And for Atalanta, not for Inter. A club where the players feel like stars is not his thing.
“Above all, he dreamed of the Premier League. As a 12-year-old fan of Arsenal and Thierry Henry, he said that he wanted to play there one day. When he played friendly against Leicester last year, he was over the moon afterwards. They play good football and at a high intensity.”