Tottenham Hotspur face competition over one of their reported transfer targets this summer and it’s on Daniel Levy to ensure they won’t be coming away as the losers…
According to the Daily Mail, Burnley are set to make a £8m move to sign Mainz forward Robin Quaison despite the 26-year-old having a £14m release clause.
Spurs have also been linked with interest in the Swedish international, though it appears as if Sean Dyche has made the first move this window.
They claim that Quaison’s goalscoring threat and dribbling ability has attracted many top European teams but it is only the north Londoners who are named alongside the Clarets.
Spurs are severely lacking a creative outlet as well as a back-up to Harry Kane, which is why a swoop for the Mainz talisman makes perfect sense as he can provide Jose Mourinho with both.
In 31 appearances last term, Quaison provided 13 goals and two assists playing pretty much anywhere along the front three and also in the hole. He averaged 2.2 shots, 1.4 dribbles and 0.9 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
You’d imagine those numbers would only increase with better players around him and that’s what Spurs have in abundance, particularly out wide.
The Swede has been likened to both Xavi and Serge Gnabry in the past but the comparison to the latter does indeed make the most sense. Bundesliga.com claim:
“Both have stocky frames, are quick on their feet, excellent at dribbling, can play in central attacking midfield or off the flanks, and are equally adept at scoring from outside the box as they are at teeing up teammates to score.”
Whilst comments from past and present staff at the Bundesliga club make this link seem all that more realistic – ex-head coach Sandro Schwarz believes Quaison’s “movement behind the opposition defence is very intelligent” whilst sporting director Rouven Schroder suggests he’s a player with “a lot of potential.”
If Burnley are successful with their £8m attempt, then it should set Levy’s heart racing to try and get a deal done. He’d be killing two birds with one stone – maybe even three.
AND in other news, 6 foot 3 monster would be a great successor to Harry Kane at Spurs…