KEY POINTS

  • Tottenham Hotspur has been keeping tabs on RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, a report says
  • Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano said Sabitzer is the type of player Jose Mourinho likes
  • Christian Eriksen’s return to Tottenham could be stalled

Though it is unlikely to happen in the current transfer window, Tottenham may still be looking to make a swoop for RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer.

This season, problems in the midfield mounted at Tottenham, leading to Dele Alli’s looming exit. Reports from London said that the Spurs are keen to bolster the squad, and there are already a few notable prospects on the list.

Speaking on Tottenham Fan Chris Cowlin’s YouTube channel, credible transfer insider Fabrizio Romano said that Mourinho’s side has been monitoring Leipzig midfielder Sabitzer for about two years now. What’s even more interesting was that Tottenham is still interested in the Austrian because he’s the type of player Mourinho likes to have, according to the sports journalist.

“Yes, [Marcel] Sabitzer is a player that Tottenham appreciate, they have been scouting him for two years, so they like the player,” Romano revealed. “I would say that it’s not easy to negotiate with Leipzig because they know they will be selling [Dayot] Upamecano in the summer, so they will make money with Upamecano and it won’t be easy to sign in the same summer also Sabitzer.”

“But for sure, a lot of clubs are interested, Tottenham are among these clubs just because Jose [Mourinho] likes these kind of players, he has quality, he’s also a fighter, he’s running, he’s not just a quality, but he’s really like ready for Premier League football,” he added.

Marcel Sabitzer scored twice as Leipzig knocked Tottenham out of the Champions League Marcel Sabitzer scored twice as Leipzig knocked Tottenham out of the Champions League Photo: AFP / Odd ANDERSEN

Christian Eriksen is another midfielder who has reportedly been on the radar of Tottenham for quite some time now. Earlier this month, Eriksen, who left Tottenham for Serie A side Inter Milan in January 2020, was deemed keen on a return to Premier League after failing to make his mark in the Italian top flight.

The Danish star has evidently struggled to adjust to Inter boss Antonio Conte’s system and was put on the “transfer list” by the club’s sporting director Giuseppe Marotta prior to the opening of the January transfer window.

However, Marotta’s stance on Eriksen has apparently changed after he recently confirmed that the 28-year-old could still be an “important” player on the team.

"When you're in a big club, there are no starting players or deputies,” Marotta told DAZN. “There are just professionals who must answer to the coach and his decisions. A player can play less than one of his team-mates but still manage to be more influential.

"Over the course of the campaign, Eriksen too can have an important role in the team, whether he plays more or less," the director added.