CM: Mourinho’s belief, ‘aggression’ and potential – why Milan are focusing on Tanganga

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are keen on signing Japhet Tanganga from Spurs and they have reason to believe he could be an excellent fit, a report claims.

According to a report from, Milan have a meeting planned on Thursday with Fabio Paratici – Tottenham’s sporting director – to talk about Tanganga. The aim of the Rossoneri is to secure an initial loan with an option to buy and there could even be a buy-back clause inserted in Spurs’ favour.

There is a desire to close the deal quickly for a profile that fits perfectly with Stefano Pioli’s ideas. In fact, it must be recalled that Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara already asked for information in January and now the situation has changed because Tanganga can leave.

Once José Mourinho left Tottenham – the manager who was the first to believe in him and launch him into the first team – things changed and the 23-year-old went off the radar. He suffered an injury, then the lack of confidence of Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, and then another injury in the second half of last season.

However, his name has always been on the list of Rossoneri scouts. Why? Keith Downing – his England U20 manager – explained Tanganga’s playing style well to The Athletic.

“He is a pure, aggressive defender who likes physical confrontation. Modern defenders rarely like to defend. He likes to be in the box making tackles, he’s an old-fashioned profile,” he said.

Tanganga himself confirmed this in an interview with TalkSport : “Aggression has always been part of me, ever since I was a kid. My coaches have always told me to exploit this quality.”

A defender who is young, has potential, is aggressive and seems to be well up for a battle – a perfect profile for Serie A in the eyes of Milan.

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  1. Having 2 aggressive defenders will not go well, almost never does. We will shut some attackers entirely out of games but too much leads to inevitable mistakes, and this is bound to happen with tanganga. That’s his biggest criticism alone anyways, the mistakes and positioning errors. Not a fan of this transfer at all.

    1. I agree and disagree. He sometimes can be too aggressive and commit fouls for nothing but besides that, on his day he’s really good. I hope at Milan he can become a bit more patient with his aggression because that seems to be his main weakness

      1. Of course if he gets more controlled that will definitely help his oversll game. I Just don’t see what he offers us over Kalulu

    2. “Having 2 aggressive defenders will not go well, almost never does. ”

      And you think Pioli is so stupid that he would field two similar CBs at once instead of using the other as a backup for the better one?

      1. Yes. Why would we pay around 20m for a backup? Ridiculous. He won’t start immediately but that is the entire point of this CB search, they are looking for a long term starter next to Tomori. If we wanted a backup we would buy a talented youngster who wouldn’t cost anywhere near that.

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