Former footballer Craig Burley has his doubts over Spurs sealing moves for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic and Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo – with rumours regarding both players recently doing the rounds.
According to Defensa Central (via Daily Mirror), Spurs have intermittent Real Madrid forward Jovic on their list of targets, while Cancelo has been cited as an option for Jose Mourinho in defence by El Desmarque. Speaking on ESPN FC, Burley suggested that neither look like leaving their current clubs – even on loan – arguing that Tottenham have no reason to believe that they could be attainable targets this January.
On Jovic, he said: “He’s playing at Real Madrid, he’s getting a bit of game time. It’s him and [Karim] Benzema – not too many other options, there. He’s still a young guy – he’s not going to Tottenham.”
Meanwhile, on Mourinho’s compatriot Cancelo, Burley was similarly downbeat, saying: “He’s been playing at Man City, but they’re not exactly in a position – they’re haven’t exactly got a backline that’s flourished all year, and I don’t think they’re in the market to be outing players just yet. In the summer, I think that will change – particularly with people like [John] Stones and one or two others in the defensive area, but I don’t see this happening at all.”
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Given both players in question moved to their current clubs in the summer, it would appear that Spurs could seem rather ambitious to attempt bringing them to north London so soon after switching allegiances.
With Jovic moving to the Santiago Bernabeu for €60m (£52.4m) after the end of last season, it may be unlikely that the Spanish giants would be willing to move the Serbian striker on already – especially considering he is still only 22, while his opportunities look to be increasing in Spain, with Jovic providing an assist for his side’s opener as they saw off Sevilla at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Cancelo also only recently joined City, and as Burley alluded to, a defensive sale would surely not make sense having lost so many in that area to injury (or in Vincent Kompany’s case, a free transfer).
Therefore, perhaps Burley is right to suggest Spurs cannot expect either player to be joining them in the window’s remaining days, though as he opened the door for potential movement at City in the summer, maybe this is an area Spurs will return to at the end of the season.
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