Bayern Munich have found an agreement over personal terms with one Tottenham target, who could be replaced by another, according to reports.
The Bundesliga champions have built a dynasty over the past decade thanks to some smart work in the transfer market and successful adaptation on the pitch. Tottenham are seeking to build something of their own with new managing director Fabio Paratici at the helm.
However, Spurs haven’t had things all their own way in Paratici’s first summer. It all began with an exhausting search for their new head coach, with Nuno Espirito Santo eventually taking the job.
In the transfer market, Tottenham have ticked off their key task of keeping Harry Kane. In addition, they have signed Pierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil.
But they are yet to find cover for Kane, the extra defender they want, or another midfielder as they are considering.
It had seemed they were making some progress in the latter department recently. They were said to have beaten Chelsea to the signing of Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba.
However, it is not a done deal and they could be usurped still in the battle to sign him. In fact, he is embroiled in a transfer saga including another of their long-term targets.
According to Goal and Spox, Bayern have agreed personal terms with Marcel Sabitzer of RB Leipzig. The Austrian has been on Tottenham’s radar for over a year, but Bayern are set to beat them to him.
First of all, though, they must decide whether to make a bid to Leipzig. Sabitzer is in the final year of his contract, so Bayern are weighing up his value. His current club want €15m.
There has been no contact between the two clubs, but Sabitzer seems happy enough to join Bayern should there be any progress on that front.
Leipzig eye Moriba as Sabitzer replacement
In a further blow for Tottenham, the report claims Leipzig would look to replace their captain with none other than Moriba.
The teenager is far along a collision course with Barcelona after being unable to agree a contract extension. Moriba has been excluded from first-team training and is now trying to find a move.
He visited London recently, which at the time seemed to be connected to links with Chelsea. But Tottenham have also been making their own plans to snap him up.
So too, though, have Leipzig. Interestingly, Moriba has the same agent has Sabitzer, so he may be orchestrating a move.
What’s more, Barcelona are asking for the same €15m fee for Moriba that Leipzig are for Sabitzer. Therefore, a deal would make economical sense for them too.
Thus, Tottenham’s path to his signing is no longer clear. Paratici will have to work hard if he wants to secure a deal before the deadline.