Tottenham Hotspur are set to battle for the signature of long-time target Marcel Sabitzer this summer…
According to Sport Bild, Spurs are among three Premier League teams chasing the 27-year-old RB Leipzig captain ahead of the transfer window re-opening, with Manchester United and Liverpool also keen.
Sabitzer’s contract will expire in 2022, so the Bundesliga outfit are reluctant to lose him for nothing and want around €42m (£36m).
It’s also claimed that Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the Austria international, whilst the report suggests that there is a “75% chance” he joins Spurs after this current campaign.
This is the sort of signing which should excite Harry Kane for more reasons than one. A lot has been made about his future at Spurs, considering he is desperate to add silverware to an already glistening career.
“Look, I try to stay out of that speculation as much as possible. I’m fully focused on doing the job on the pitch from now until the end of the summer, and then we’ll see where we go from there,” said the England captain to Sky Sports last week.
The arrival of Sabitzer would not only lower the expectations on his shoulders but also put them one step closer to ending that long wait for a trophy.
Jose Mourinho has relied heavily on Kane’s exploits this season. He has directly accounted for 30 of their 49 league goals – that’s a whopping 61% of all Premier League goals either scored or assisted by the 27-year-old.
Only one other Spurs player has hit double figures in the league Heung-min Son, so the north Londoners could certainly do with finding another source of goals and that’s why Sabitzer fits the bill immensely.
The Leipzig skipper has previously been lauded as a “goal threat” by current boss Julian Nagelsmann and his numbers reinforce that. After providing 16 goals and 11 assists during the 2019/20 campaign, he has followed it up with seven goals and six assists this term, via Transfermarkt.
Imagine that sort of influence tucked in behind the free-scoring Spurs sensation.
Sabitzer’s outstanding ability from set-pieces has even drawn comparisons to David Beckham and perhaps could help fill that sort of void, which was left behind by Christian Eriksen last year.
Then there are his leadership capabilities, which would certainly help ease the pressure off Kane to deliver.
His former head coach Ralf Rangnick waxed lyrical about him last season, telling Kicker (via BuLi News): “He has clearly changed for the better and has become a leader. The way he has developed his personality is remarkable. I’ve only rarely experienced something similar.”
Furthermore, the midfield dynamo has previously been dubbed “perfect for Jose Mourinho” by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, so in some ways, it’s no surprise that there’s a 75% chance he’ll make the swap to north London this summer.
Daniel Levy absolutely should sanction this deal, even if it’s taking a £36m wedge out of his back pocket. He, Kane and Son could spearhead Spurs back into contention for the big prizes.
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