Tottenham Hotspur will have to strike soon if they are to land mooted January target Dominik Szoboszlai amid emerging reports…
According to The Athletic, Spurs are one of the teams interested in the RB Salzburg sensation but his release clause is set to complicate things in the upcoming transfer window.
The clause, thought to be around €25m (£22m) must be paid in one go and within two weeks of it being activated. It also contains a 20 per cent sell-on clause on any future transfer fee.
If Szoboszlai is to leave next month, then bids must be lodged before the turn of the year with the player himself informing the club of his desire to leave, which only complicates matters further.
Although intricate, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy absolutely has to sanction a move for the Hungarian wonderkid – forget about Giovani Lo Celso in an attacking midfield role as this prodigy is a pure generational talent.
The 20-year-old has similar attributes to that of Gareth Bale given his speed, power and prowess but current head coach Jesse Marsch named a different player to The Athletic, he said:
“I describe him as a modern-day David Beckham. Beckham had a real ability to hook a ball and he could also chop it when he needed to, but Szoboszlai can hit the ball a lot of different ways too, and he’s got power.
“He can really hit the ball. He can do these things with his right foot but can also play a little more intensively and he can work harder against the ball and he can be a threat in the box still. He’s very fit; so whatever the physical demands you put on him, he can meet those demands because he’s fit, he’s strong, he’s fast, he’s athletic.”
Indeed, it’s easy to see why such comparisons have been made as he’s got a knack for scoring absolute thunderbolts, as seen by this free-kick for his national side.
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This season, Szoboszlai has continued to impress domestically despite the intense speculation over his long-term future, delivering eight goals and nine assists, which includes a strike against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
That alone is more than what Lo Celso has managed for Spurs (six goals, three assists) ever since he originally joined the club on loan from Real Betis.
What makes him an even more intriguing and exciting prospect is the fact that he can play on the left, as a no.10, as a secondary striker and even as a no.8, and with returns like that it really is no wonder that some of Europe’s elite are chasing his signature.
Levy really has to ensure that it’s his north London side who win the heated race in 2021.
AND in other news, Levy must resist the temptation to sign “useless and slow” £45m-rated star…