Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering selling midfielder Harry Winks, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola eyeing up a raid.
Winks only signed a new five-year deal last summer and had an important role to play for Spurs this season.
The England international, 24, was a key figure for Mourinho after his arrival in November. Indeed, he played the full 90 minutes in 13 of his side’s final 17 Premier League games.
However, according to The Sun, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s arrival from Southampton has cast doubt on Winks’ future.
The report claims the Dane’s arrival has increased the uncertainty over his future and could reduce his game time.
Alongside that, the newspaper adds City boss Guardiola is a “serious admirer” of Winks. Guardiola is keen to see how good the midfielder can become with a key role at the Etihad Stadium.
What’s more, the Spanish boss is aware that Winks’ qualities in possession mean he could slot in well at City.
In contrast, Mourinho reportedly knows Winks could struggle to fit his style of play going forwards and is “desperate” to assert his personality into the team.
As such, the Portuguese manager is willing to let Winks go if City – or another club – come up with bids of at least £40million.
Additionally, raising such funds would allow Spurs to spend, with the club operating on a reduced budget this summer.
Spurs achieved a cut-price deal for Hojbjerg due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic and his contractual situation. The sale of Kyle Walker-Peters to the Saints also provided a safety net.
MOURINHO ON GARETH BALE OFFENSIVE?
Meanwhile, reports elsewhere claim Mourinho is keen to bring Gareth Bale back to Spurs.
The Welshman left for Real Madrid in 2013 but his relationship with the club has hit the rocks. Indeed, Zinedine Zidane left him out of the squad for the Champions League’s resumption.
Now, a report claims Mourinho is actively pursuing a deal for the winger to resurrect his career.