Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has been handed a boost after the Daily Star revealed that Southampton could be forced to sell some of their key players cash-strapped club in the summer.
According to football reporter Harry Spratt, the Saints are in financial difficulty as the club’s Chinese owner Gao Jisheng is desperate to sell his majority stake in the club. The south coast side face spiralling debts and may be left with no choice but to sell their biggest stars to cover the costs.
Earlier this year, Sky Sports reported that Mourinho has identified Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as a top priority in the transfer market, and Spurs are lining up a bid for him in the months ahead. Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have also registered their interest in the skipper.
The Lilywhites may offer Kyle Walker-Peters as part of an exchange for the midfielder in the next transfer window, which could give them a significant advantage over their Premier League rivals. Indeed, Ralph Hasenhuttl admires the youngster, and this might swing the deal in Daniel Levy’s favour.
Arriving at St Mary’s Stadium from Bayern Munich for £13.7m in 2016, Hojbjerg has made 28 appearances for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men this season, supplying one assist, making 2.4 tackles per game, averaging 1.5 interceptions and registering 1.7 clearances per game (WhoScored).
The 24-year-old only has one year left on his current contract with Southampton and there is no doubt this latest news will be of interest to Tottenham. The Danish international has made it clear that he wants to win the Premier League and play in the Champions League, which matches Mourinho’s ambitions.
Spurs will be well aware that his £10.8m valuation will likely continue to drop as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and Levy could find himself in a strong position to bargain with the Saints’ board and exploit their economic uncertainty.
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