Tottenham Hotspur are plotting a move for Sasa Kalajdzic, according to emerging reports…
Eurosport’s Dean Jones claimed earlier this week that Spurs were looking into a potential summer move for the 6 foot 7 Stuttgart forward and now a similar story has surfaced in Germany, with Fussball Transfers suggesting that the north Londoners have already enquired over a deal.
They aren’t the only ones to do so, though as Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig are also keen whilst Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano exclusively told GiveMeSport last month that the “amazing player” was on the radar of Premier League trio West Ham, Everton and Newcastle United.
Jones believes he would be a backup option to Harry Kane at Spurs, and that he would be available for just £15m.
This would be an interesting approach from Spurs, as they haven’t really had a player of this stature since Peter Crouch, who Kalajdzic has, of course, drawn many comparisons to.
In addition to that, he’s also been dubbed ‘the next Haaland’, been labelled an “Ibrahimovic-machine” and likened to Germany legend Mario Gomez – all are, or were, tall, rangy strikers that had a knack for scoring plenty of goals.
This term, the 23-year-old has been in fine mettle bouncing back from a serious injury in 2019/20, scoring 14 goals and providing four assists in 27 league appearances, via Transfermarkt. He’s proven to be a nuisance against the likes of Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen), Mats Hummels (Dortmund) and ex-Arsenal nemesis Shkodran Mustafi (Schalke).
Kalajdzic has even hit the ground running on the international stage. He has picked up five caps, where he has found the net three times, all of which coming in World Cup qualifiers for Austria.
Only four other players have scored more league goals than the Austrian international this campaign but of all five players, he is the one doing it in the fewest shots per game, having managed just 2.1 attempts each outing, via WhoScored.
Currently, Spurs have Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica to play second fiddle to Kane but if they want to keep hold of him, then. they’ll have to splash out around £40m which is far too much to spend on a backup option.
And it seems like Mourinho isn’t the biggest fan of the Brazilian, either.
Therefore, if Levy were to swoop for Kalajdzic, he could indeed save his club around £25m in transfer fees alone and those funds could go towards improving other areas of the pitch, such as in central defence.
Mourinho has worked with Ibrahimovic before, so the idea of having a man-mountain in attack isn’t something new to him and that could pay further dividends for the club and player alike.
If it’s between Vinicius and Kalajdzic, then it’s surely a no-brainer in terms of finances and long-term potential. Levy must sanction a move for the Stuttgart talisman this summer.
AND in other news, Levy could find Spurs’ next Robbie Keane in “unbelievable” £18m-rated beast…