This week has seen the Spurs left-back Danny Rose linked with a move to Manchester City.
Only a season ago it would have been laughable, such was the poor form of Rose at a time when Manchester City were on their way to the title. Since then they’ve met in the middle. Rose had improved beyond recognition and has easily been Tottenham’s best player of the last few weeks. Meanwhile, City have gone into free-fall and have somehow got themselves into a situation where even their Champions League qualification place is in danger.
Even when winning titles, left-back has never been City’s strongest position with neither Gael Clichy or Aleksandar Kolarov truly convincing. With Kolarov rumoured to be off at the end of the season and City looking to both reduce the age of their ageing squad and increase their quota of English players, Rose could fit the bill.
Spurs will be reluctant to sell. Rose is clearly rated by Mauricio Pochettino and signed a five-year contract only last summer. City would have to come in with a huge offer to tempt them, despite the presence of Ben Davies as a ready-made replacement.
Tottenham have a lot of players to get rid of this summer and adding Rose to the list would create a headache for them. Having spent so long trying to get two decent left-backs in the squad it would make little sense to get rid of one.
That said, Spurs have had many a summer disrupted by having their best players’ heads turned by other clubs. If City’s interest is real, don’t be surprised if Rose is keen to move. Not only would he guaranteed to increase his salary but he’d also be leaving behind a set of fans that haven’t always been supportive of him.