Tottenham’s last match before the suspension of the season, was a 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in which two potential transfer targets found the net.
Marcel Sabitzer scored the first two goals of the game. Then, when Sabitzer was substituted, Emil Forsberg replaced him and scored the concluding goal.
Of the two midfielders, it’s Forsberg that was first linked with a move to Spurs. The Swedish international is a versatile player that would greatly add to Jose Mourinho’s options. Having made his name as a winger, Forsberg has shown that he can also play as a number ten and in a deeper central midfield role.
As well as his versatility, Forsberg’s work ethic will appeal to Mourinho. At a time when the Portuguese manager has been unhappy with the effort put in by Tanguy Ndombele, a player that can fill several positions and can be relied upon to put in a shift, perhaps looks a better fit.
Forsberg is certainly keen to get away. Speaking recently he said: “Things aren’t going well. I don’t have to prove myself anymore. I have a contract, but everyone knows that I dream of playing in another league.
“I have a big connection with the club, and we have good cooperation. But like any player, I dream of playing somewhere else at some point.”
A rumoured fee of €20m looks well within Tottenham’s price range and is appropriate for a player who will turn 29 later this year. Swedish bookmakers, that can be found via sites like svenskaspelsajter.org, consider Spurs to be Forsberg’s likeliest destination.
An alternative is Forsberg’s teammate Sabitzer. Likened to David Beckham, Sabitzer started out wide on the right, but has grown into a central midfielder.
The Austrian is the younger option at 26. Always an accurate passer and set-piece specialist, this has been Sabitzer’s most successful season when it comes to scoring goals. By the time that the Bundesliga and Champions League were suspended, Sabitzer had scored 15 goals in 35 appearances for Leipzig across all competitions.
In addition, Sabitzer has assisted eight more goals. As he is often keeping Forsberg out of the team these days, he could be the more astute purchase, but he will also be more expensive. Sabitzer is said to have an asking price of £45m.
Bookies over at oddsgurun.com think that Spurs could have competition for the player. Barcelona and Tottenham’s local rivals Arsenal are also thought to be considering bids.
Both Forsberg and Sabitzer look like good options. Realistically the club will only sign one. Let us know which one you’d prefer to see at Spurs.