Mourinho eyes £22m transfer for Rangers defender Barisic as Vertonghen replacement

first_imgTOTTENHAM are preparing for life with Jan Vertonghen by eyeing up a move for £22million-rated Rangers defender Borna Barisic.Vertonghen, 32, is out of contract at the end of this season and appears to be no closer to signing an extension.1 Tottenham are considering a swoop for Rangers left-back Borna Barisic, who is valued at £22mCredit: Willie Vass – The SunThe Belgian played at left wing-back in the 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday with Ben Davies not involved.Danny Rose is also nearing the exit door – his deal expires in 2021 but is currently on loan at Newcastle and his future looks set to be away from White Hart Lane.Japhet Tanganga – who like Vertonghen can play at centre-back or full-back – will also be leaving if he is not offered a new deal beyond this campaign.And now, according to 90min.com, Spurs want to bring in left-back Barisic.The Rangers and Croatia ace, 27, has already featured 43 times this season for club and country, keeping 24 clean sheets.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursHe offers plenty going forward, too, and chips in with the odd goal, too, with two this term.Barisic signed for Rangers from NK Osijek for just £2.2m in 2018 but is now worth ten times that thanks to his performances under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.It is understood plenty of clubs will be interested in him when the transfer window does reopen in the summer.Roma considered a January offer but with Gers unwilling to sell mid-season, they look on course to test the waters again.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongBarisic has 12 senior international caps to his name, making his debut in January 2017 against Chile and netting his first goal in March 2019 at home to Azerbaijan.Despite being named in the preliminary 32-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, he was axed for the final 23 as Croatia reached the final in Russia.Now, though, ahead of Euro 2020, Barisic has claimed the left-back spot to become a regular in the starting XI.[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”tbXo0vxhe” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/tbXo0vxhe.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.66.5/componentLoader.js?116347″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3DtbXo0vxhe%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.66.5%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F116347%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2FtbXo0vxhe.json”]Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he was a lazy football player in his youthlast_img read more

Croatia out to banish memories of Euro 2008 failure

first_imgCroatia will seek to erase the bitter memories of their Euro 2008 failure against Turkey, described by key players as their most painful defeat ever, when they meet in this year’s Group D opener in Paris on Sunday. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)The Croatians had one foot in the last four eight years ago, after taking a 1-0 lead in the final minute of extra time in an epic quarter-final clash in Vienna, only to concede with the last kick of the game before they lost in a penalty shootout.REVENGE AND PROGRESS Croatia have not reached the knockout stages of a major tournament since and defender Vedran Corluka, a survivor from the 2008 side, said navigating a tough group was more important than getting revenge.”The bitter feeling of that loss can only be compensated by winning the European Championship,” the 30-year-old centre back told a news conference in the team’s Deauville base camp in northern France on Friday.”It’s the distant past and not really in the focus of our preparations but we can push it further back in our minds and, more importantly, make the right start if we beat them at the Parc des Princes.”‘BIGGEST SETBACK OF MY CAREER’ Influential playmaker Luka Modric, who missed the opening penalty for Croatia in the 2008 shootout, added: “I cried like a baby that night, it was the biggest setback of my career.”Turkey have failed to qualify for a major tournament since their impressive Euro 2008 campaign, having been knocked out in the 2012 European Championship playoffs after a 3-0 aggregate defeat by Croatia.advertisementTheir coach Fatih Terim, who steered his battling team to the semi-finals eight years ago, acknowledged that beating the Croatians was imperative ahead of matches with holders Spain and Czech Republic.”Winning this game would pave the way for a last-16 berth,” Terim was quoted as saying by Turkish media.”I believe that if we work hard, we can advance.”Terim is likely to field the side which beat Slovenia 1-0 in a friendly on Sunday, with scorer Burak Yilmaz set to the lead the line in front of the versatile Arda Turan and gifted 22-year-old playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu.Croatia’s attacking midfielder Ivan Rakitic singled out his Barcelona team mate Arda as the biggest threat.”He is a truly outstanding player and pulls all the strings for Turkey, therefore we have to close him down in order to keep a clean sheet.”last_img read more