Earlier this month, The Sun had reported that Pep Guardiola wanted to bring the 24-year-old to the Etihad Stadium, adding that Spurs might be willing to sell the England international for £40m amid apparent uncertainty surrounding his future under Jose Mourinho.
However, the Daily Mail‘s report suggests that the Londoners do not want to sell him to a direct competitor.
The potential sale of Winks to Manchester City evokes flashbacks of Kyle Walker’s move to the Etihad from Spurs three years ago, one which preceded a couple of Premier League title wins for the England right-back.
Winks continued to feature regularly for Tottenham last season even after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, starting 26 Premier League games and being ever-present for the last six of those as a strong finish to the campaign secured sixth place for Mourinho’s side.
Tottenham recently strengthened their central midfield options with the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, one which potentially threatens Winks’ place in the side. However, with journalist Julien Maynard claiming that Spurs have been in talks with Inter Milan over the potential sale of Ndombele, Mourinho may have one fewer central midfielder from which to select if the Frenchman is sold.
Winks’ passing statistics show that he can be a real asset to Tottenham’s midfield, while his continued selection by Mourinho throughout the 2019/20 season suggests that the current manager still has faith in him.
Even though Spurs could stand to pocket £40m from selling the 24-year-old to Manchester City, it risks presenting them as a club with an inferiority complex in comparison to the four-time Premier League champions.
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Therefore, the Londoners’ reluctance to sell him to a fellow top-six Premier League club is entirely understandable and should dissuade them from any such deal.
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