Date: 22nd January 2021 at 2:45pm
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Speaking recently on the Last Word On Spurs podcast, Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas discussed Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in RB Leipzig central midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

Since joining Leipzig from Rapid Vienna in what was a £1.8 million deal back in 2014, Sabitzer has gone on to make 208 appearances for the German club, 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 13 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 these performances have caught the eye of Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho, as Tottenham have been linked with a move for the Austria international in the January transfer window.

However, speaking on a recent episode of the Last Word On Spurs podcast, Thomas claimed that, while Spurs do indeed like the idea of signing Sabitzer, a move in the current market would be difficult to pull off.

He said: “Well, he’s another one they like, but if he was to move from RB Leipzig, it would be [in] the summer. As I said before, Tottenham need to sell to buy. There’s no space for him in the squad at the moment.

“And also, a deal like that is is a lot more difficult to do and a lot more expensive halfway through the season in January than it would be in the summer. But, again, another one that is liked.”

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TIF Thoughts on Lyall Thomas’ comments regarding Marcel Sabizter…

From Thomas’ comments, it would seem as if the journalist is not overly confident of Tottenham being able to get a deal done for Sabitzer this month, as there is simply no room in Mourinho’s squad at present.

As such, unless Spurs can move a few of their fringe players on in the current window, it would seem highly unlikely that Sabitzer, or indeed any other player, will be joining the club in the current window.

However, that may suggest it’s a case of bad timing for Spurs, as with just 18 months remaining on his current deal, you would imagine a decision on Sabitzer’s future will have to be made before too long.