Inter Milan defender Cristian Chivu is no longer on Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer wishlist, understands.
The Romanian veteran will be available on a free transfer when his current contract expires at the San Siro, with no extension to his deal in sight, but is considering retirement.
His team’s disappointing season in Serie A is widely expected to lead to a clear-out, with Inter struggling to secure European football for next term, and he is heading for the exit door regardless of his future plans. Spurs technical director Franco Baldini has an extensive list of contacts in his homeland and a source close to the north London club told FDN that defensive reinforcements are the priority this summer.
Tottenham are anxious to improve their backline after heavy defeats at the hands of rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool this season.
The 33-year-old international was identified as a player who could offer vital experience at the heart of the defence, but with injuries catching up with him the player is likely to call it a day in June, ruling out a Premier League move.