In Focus: Tottenham will want to keep Rose as Man United and Chelsea circle

According to Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose could be a target for Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Tuttomercatoweb says that Rose is still a target for Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho after he was linked with a potential move to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window, but Spurs weren’t keen to let the 27-year-old leave – especially after they saw Kyle Walker join Manchester City.

Now Tuttomercatoweb says that United could return for the England international during the January transfer window, but that they could face competition for the full-back’s signature from Chelsea, who may also be in the market for a left-sided defender.

Why would the duo want Rose?

Despite the fact that he has been out of action since the end of January through injury, the left-back has already established himself as one of the best in his position in the Premier League, as well as being first-choice for England when he is fit.

While he is usually defensively solid, the fact that he scored two goals and provided a further four assists in 21 appearances in all competitions last season show that he can have a huge impact from an attacking point of view as well.

Could Tottenham be persuaded to sell?

It would only be likely if they were to receive a huge bid or if the player insisted he wanted to go.

Having already lost Walker, Spurs won’t want to lose any more of their key first-team stars as they look to convince the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld that they mean business and want to challenge for trophies on a consistent basis.

Rose’s explosive interview with The Sun during the summer talking about his future certainly didn’t do anything to alleviate the fears from supporters that he may be angling for a move away, but the fact that his contract isn’t due to run out until 2021 means that the north London outfit are in a strong position.

Considering they also have Ben Davies performing exceptionally well in the 27-year-old’s absence currently, they are also covered if they do lose Rose.