In Focus: Tottenham unlikely to take Marega interest any further due to price tag

According to reports in French publication Foot Mercato, Tottenham Hotspur are one of the Premier League clubs that have made an enquiry for FC Porto striker Moussa Marega, who has a release clause of €40m (approximately £35.3m).

What’s the word, then?

Well, Foot Mercato claims that Spurs, along with English to flight rivals Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion are all keeping tabs on the 26-year-old, who has enjoyed a prolific season so far for the Portuguese outfit.

Foot Mercato says that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have enquired about the Mali international’s potential availability this month, but Porto are keen to keep hold of him for the rest of the campaign as they look to win the Liga NOS title and win their Champions League last 16 tie against Liverpool.

The report adds that they could be tempted to sell if they receive an offer that is too good to turn down, although the player’s release clause is set at around £35.3m.

How has Marega done this season?

He has been excellent.

The French-born attacker has scored 15 goals and provided a further six assists in 24 appearances in all competitions for Porto this term, even though he often plays behind the main striker Vincent Aboubakar in more of a No 10 role.

WhoScored.com lists his playing strengths as his ability to win aerial duels and score from long range, his through balls, dribbling and his finishing, although his passing and his defensive discipline and contribution are just a few of his weaknesses.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

If Pochettino is looking for a versatile player to add to his side’s attacking options this month then Marega could be the answer.

The 26-year-old has played in all of the front four positions in the 4-2-3-1 formation that the Argentine boss often prefers, while he has shown that he can find the net on a regular basis – something Harry Kane’s back-up Fernando Llorente has struggled with so far this term.

He would likely need to improve his work-rate, ability to press and his contribution from a defensive point of view if he did join Spurs, although his rumoured price tag is likely to see Tottenham swerve a deal to bring the Mali international to the club before the window slams shut on January 31 anyway.