Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho may already have his sights set on the summer, even though his side are still in the Champions League and are only four points behind fourth place in the Premier League.
He’s even publicly stated that he wishes he could effectively simulate until the end of the season so that he can get the likes of Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Heung-min Son off the treatment table and back on the pitch.
This week, Spurs have been linked to RB Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg, which would only bolster the aforementioned claim.
According to German tabloid BILD, via Sport Witness, the north Londoners have been offered the Swedish midfielder, who expected to command a fee of around €20m (£16.9m).
While Aftonbladet claims Mourinho is a big fan of the Leipzig man.
It has caused fans to discuss his potential arrival on social media, here’s what has been said…
Really like him, always looked quality for Sweden plays attacking midfield not winger though
— Kris (@krisCOYS) February 26, 2020
Would be great to see Spurs get some business agreed before the summer transfer window like the way Chelsea have. That’s never going to happen though
— Dan (@DanPenfold91) February 26, 2020
Yes please. One for depth
— Juergen Paierhuber (@juri74) February 26, 2020
Some supporters were all for signing him, claiming it would be one for squad depth and that he has “always looked quality” for his national side while one hoped Spurs would sort their business early, even if it were wishful thinking.
Forsberg has scored nine goals and provided four assists in all competitions this season, yet in spite of that, the overriding consensus was a resounding no.
Its their right back he should be bidding for
— Ian Meadows (@ianmeds86) February 26, 2020
No thanks,get buendia instead, 5 years younger and has premier League experience
— Settings and Privacy (@________78____) February 26, 2020
Need a LB and a RB and CB and lord knows a striker!
— Gaskin🇧🇧 (@GaskSays) February 26, 2020
As a Swede, no thanks! The guy’s has a “bigger than life” attitude
— Tage Tuzzolino (@TageTuzzolino) February 26, 2020
I don’t believe he can play RB, LB, or CDM, so that’s a solid no
— Gavin Phillips (@GavinSpavin) February 26, 2020
We dont need more wingers, especially one who is already 28. No thanks.
— Joe (@JoeGTHFC) February 26, 2020
— Muhamad Sigit (@msigitanggoro) February 26, 2020
Another bench warmer to Spurs? Makes sense.
— JEJakobsen ⏳ (@NuffNonsense) February 26, 2020
Lots of reasons were given as to why – “too old,” “bench warmer” and “bigger than life attitude” were just three.
Others hinted at the team needing other positions more, such as at full-back and at centre-back whilst another claimed Spurs should be targeting the Leipzig right-back, Nordi Mukiele, instead.
Meanwhile, Norwich City’s Emi Buendia was a further suggestion.
Forsberg was also compared to players of similar nature by supporters, ranging from Spurs past and present to other top-flight stars.
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Basically also a David Silva of the Bundesliga.
Not as great as he was 2-3 yrs ago, but 20 mil for a consistent performer is a coup.
— ♻️ MEMPHIS PROPAGANDA ♻️ (@GazzaBazzaSzn) February 26, 2020
He a Cam, good and cheap eriksen replacement, will be good squad player
— DAVINSON SÁNCHEZ (@the____creator) February 26, 2020
He’s more an eriksen replacement than a winger isn’t he ?
— 🇮🇱 (@N17yids1) February 26, 2020
Just a Swedish Erik Lamela. Alright footballer…when he’s not injured. His wife rages on IG whenever he’s not playing
— Erik Lamelas Armbåge (@CocosElbow) February 26, 2020
A couple of fans noted that the 28-year-old could be a replacement for Christian Eriksen while one labelled him the David Silva of the Bundesliga.
Although, not all were positive as he was brandished a “Swedish Erik Lamela” because he’s alright but is often injured.
And in other news, Spurs fans FUME at reported £400m+ revenues…