If emerging reports are to be believed, Tottenham Hotspur outcast Dele Alli could be in further trouble as Jose Mourinho targets a new attacking midfielder this January…
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Spurs are eyeing a move for RB Leipzig talisman Marcel Sabitzer next month.
It’s claimed that the ‘Special One’ is willing to pay £45m for his signature, and whilst they suggest that it would be to replace Tangy Ndombele, who is wanted by La Liga giants Barcelona, it seems more likely that the outcasted Alli is heading for the exit door.
The writing appears to be on the wall for the 24-year-old midfielder as despite the increase in numbers from seven to nine on the substitutes bench, he was still snubbed by Mourinho in their matchday squad against Leicester City on Sunday.
Indeed, Alli has only featured four times in their 14 Premier League outings this term, playing a total of 74 minutes, via Transfermarkt.
Bringing in Sabitzer, who plays a similar role to him would undoubtedly push him closer to an exit.
Spurs fans will recognise him all too well as he spearheaded Leipzig’s knockout victory in the Champions League last term, whilst this season, the £31.5m-rated Austrian sensation has continued his fine form by delivering three goals and three assists in all competitions.
Adding to his whopping 16 goals and 11 assists last year.
Per WhoScored, the 26-year-old has averaged at least one key pass per game across his last three seasons in Leipzig, so perhaps he can take the role that Christian Eriksen left behind as clearly neither Tanguy Ndombele nor Giovani Lo Celso have taken the bull by the horns yet.
Sabitzer has been likened to David Beckham for his set-piece ability, which would bear further similarities to the Danish maestro.
He’s also been described as a player who “gives everything for 90 minutes” and as a “goal threat” by both his international boss, Franco Foda, and domestic head coach, Julian Naglesmann, respectively.
According to journalist Alasdair Gold at football.london, he’s a player that Spurs “absolutely love,” so there’s a very good chance these reports somewhat leaning on the truth.
It could be bye-bye Alli and Guten Tag Sabitzer come to the end of next month.