Date: 17th January 2021 at 8:00pm
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Speaking recently to talkSPORT, Alex Crook discussed Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in RB Leipzig midfielder, Marcel Sabizter.

Since joining Leipzig from Rapid Vienna in what was a £1.8 million deal back in 2014, Sabizter has gone on to feature 207 times for the German side, scoring 46 goals and providing 38 assists along the way.

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So far this season, the £31.5 million-rated 26-year-old has highly impressed over his 12 Bundesliga appearances for Julian Nagelsmann’s side, scoring three goals and providing one assist, as well as averaging a WhoScored match rating of 6.97 – ranking him as the club’s sixth-best performer in the German top flight.

And, it would appear that the Austria international has attracted the attention of both Spurs and Arsenal this month, with each side reported to be keen on bringing the central midfielder to north London in the January transfer window.

This is something that Crook discussed with Jim White on talkSPORT recently, with the journalist going on to reveal that both sides have received a boost to their chances of landing Sabitzer.

He said: “Interest from Tottenham and Arsenal in Marcel Sabitzer. I mentioned it during the last transfer window that Tottenham were keen to bring this player to north London, Arsenal also monitoring his situation closely.

“I think they will both be encouraged by the fact that we’re hearing over in Germany that he’s turned down a new contract at RB Leipzig. So, clearly, he’s someone who is looking to head for pastures new.

“He’s box to box, probably more attacking than [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg. I think Tottenham see him as someone who can become their playmaker, they haven’t really had one since Christian Eriksen left.”

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TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments regarding Marcel Sabitzer…

From Crook’s comments, it would indeed appear to be good news for Spurs that Sabitzer has turned down a new contract with Leipzig, as it would seem to suggest that the player is keen on a move away from the club.

However, with the 26-year-old’s contract still having until the summer of 2022 left to run, Tottenham will still likely have to part with a considerable amount of money should they indeed want the midfielder to join their ranks.

Having said that, in the event that the Austrian does not go on to sign a new deal with his current club, it would also be likely that Leipzig become more interested in selling Sabitzer next summer, in order for them to receive a healthy fee and to reduce the risk of losing him for nothing upon the expiry of his contract.