Jose Mourinho wants to sign Marcel Sabitzer for Tottenham this summer as he looks to shake up his underperforming squad.
Spurs have had another inconsistent season and have a battle on their hands to finish in the top four. With eight games remaining, they are in sixth place, three points behind fourth placed West Ham. Therefore they still have a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League, but must finish strongly.
But even if the campaign does end well for them, there will be no denying it has been another rocky ride.
Just last week, Mourinho criticised his players for failing to hold onto leads after the draw at Newcastle.
Reports have since emerged that his players are unhappy with his management style. It is claimed some feel his decision to question their qualities is counterintuitive and negatively impacts morale.
So with relations far from rosy between Mourinho and his squad, there is likely to be some movement in the upcoming transfer market.
A report in Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) says Mourinho wants to make changes so he can move away from the Mauricio Pochettino ‘strategies’ that were drilled into many of his players.
Instead, he wants to bring in fresh faces who are more suited to his tactics. And Sabitzer is one of his ‘main targets’ as he looks to reshape the squad.
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The report states that Mourinho believes the way the Austrian ‘mixes play, work and finishing’ would improve his midfield.
This is not the first time Spurs have been linked with Sabitzer, currently of RB Leipzig. He was also of interest to them in January, but a move never materlaised. However, it seems as though will make a fresh swoop in the coming months.
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Should the 27-year-old arrive, that could pave the way for Harry Winks to depart.
Previously a regular starter, Winks has played in only 10 league games in 2020/21 and Spurs are reportedly willing to listen to offers.
There are suitors for him in Spain, although Southampton have shown the most intrigue so far.
And according to pundit Noel Whelan, St. Mary’s would be a great move from him with one eye on his international career.
“You’ve got other England players there as well, “he said. “It shows it is not a club where you are out of fashion and you’re not going to get looked upon.
“That’s what he wants, he wants to break back into the England fold. He knows he can do that because there are players at Southampton who have gone and done that as well.
“You want to be playing regularly, it’s the only way you’re going to get back into the national side. It’s the only way Gareth Southgate is going to recognise that you’re progressing.”
Another player Mourinho is said to be a fan of is Saints defender Jannik Vestergaard. Therefore, a swap deal of sorts could be on the cards.