Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho rates Maxime Lopez highly and has urged the board to sign the Marseille starlet in the summer.
According to Estadio Deportivo, negotiations between Marseille and Lopez’s representatives have unravelled, meaning the club are looking to offload the youngster in the transfer market. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Olympians are facing growing financial pressures and they are prepared to sell the Frenchman for just €10m (roughly £8.9m) to cover some of the costs.
Lopez’s current contract is set to expire in 2021 and he has dropped down the pecking order under former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas. He has previously insisted he will only stay at the Stade Velodrome if Villas-Boas leaves. Indeed, he has made several appearances from the bench and he has played in a variety of different positions in the midfield this season.
While he has failed to hit the same heights that saw him earn plenty of high praise from Zinedine Zidane, he has shown flashes of his overall brilliance, creating three assists in Ligue 1 so far this term. Moreover, the former French under-21 international enjoyed a stellar debut campaign not too long ago, which saw him draw comparisons with former Arsenal and Manchester City star Samir Nasri.
Mourinho is firmly aware that he will have to cope with a limited budget in the upcoming transfer window and he will no doubt be hoping that Lopez could turn out to be a bargain at just £8.9m. However, it is unclear if Daniel Levy will be willing to take a chance on a prospect who is clearly struggling for form.
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