Jose Mourinho’s insistence that Harry Winks will not be leaving Tottenham this month left suitors Valencia ‘on the ropes’.

That’s according to Las Provincias, who suggest an intervention from super-agent Jorge Mendes may be on the cards to get the transfer over the line.

Winks has been linked with a move to Spanish side over the last few weeks, with coach Javi Gracia keen to add a central midfielder to his squad.

The Tottenham man fits the profile he is looking for, and his lack of game-time under Jose Mourinho meant he could be available as the player is keen to be playing ahead of Euro 2020.

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Reports from Spain indicated that Valencia were working on a deal, but Mourinho poured cold water on those this week, insisting that Winks will not be leaving under any circumstances.

According to Las Provincias that ‘irate proposal’ has indirectly put Valencia’s leadership, particularly majority shareholder Peter Lim, ‘on the ropes’.

Lim is under increasing pressure at Valencia, with the financial issues at the club and a lack of transfers meaning the fans and his managed already ‘have him lined up’.

The attempt to get Winks from Tottenham, or failed attempt so far, has put him in the ‘first line of fire’ and that could see Mendes intervene.

The super-agent is a big friend of Lim’s, and it’s believed that he could convince Mourinho to change his mind via ‘mediation’ with his compatriot.

Even if that happens, Valencia still need to find a way to finance a deal, which looks unlikely according to LP, who say it will not be easy for the La Liga strugglers given the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on their finances.