Tottenham have a strong chance of signing RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer in a summer transfer deal, according to a report.
Spurs’ midfield has proved a key asset of Jose Mourinho’s side this season. Summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has played every Premier League minute since signing from Southampton, while Tanguy Ndombele is enjoying arguably his best season yet. However, amid poor recent form, reports have touted potential new signings.
Indeed, Austria international Sabitzer is one of them. Spurs have reportedly had eyes on the 27-year-old since he helped knock them out of the Champions League last season.
Sabitzer has gone public in the past with his thoughts over his long-term future.
Last April, he insisted that he has “nothing to rule out” when it comes to a move away.
However, after remaining at Leipzig this term, he said earlier this month (via Sport Witness) that his “closest circle” knows his plans.
According to Bild, though, Spurs remain strong contenders to land the player’s signature this summer.
The German publication reports that Leipzig insiders are aware that Sabitzer wants to leave. His contract runs out next summer, therefore the upcoming transfer window presents the best opportunity to recoup a decent fee.
What’s more, a move to the Premier League is his ‘goal’, with Spurs boss Mourinho a ‘fan’ of the player.
As such, through the help of various intermediaries, Spurs have had contact with him since January.
Tottenham must sell Alli for Sabitzer
The report adds that the north London club will have the funds for Sabizter, if they can offload Dele Alli.
The 24-year-old has suffered a lack of game time this term and came close to moving to Paris Saint-Germain in January.
Going into the summer, his future remains unclear, but PSG, led by ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, could come back in for him.
Overall, though, Bild rates Tottenham’s chances of landing Sabitzer at 75 per cent.
The midfielder has chipped in with seven goals and seven assists this term.