Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that a potential £40m move to Manchester City for midfielder Harry Winks ‘would work’ for both clubs – but he would also be ‘very disappointed’ if chairman Daniel Levy were to actually go through with the deal.
Last week, The Sun reported that Man City, and in particular manager Pep Guardiola, is a ‘serious’ admirer of the Englishman and they are weighing up a £40m bid to bring him to the Etihad Stadium.
Indeed, as per the report, Winks faces an ‘uncertain’ future in north London under Jose Mourinho, potentially due to the difference in playing styles between the two managers, with Guardiola allegedly enticed by the 24-year-old’s technical ability.
Should Spurs sell Harry Winks to Man City?
Yes, get the deal done
According to WhoScored, Winks averaged a very impressive 90.3% pass accuracy per game last season, more than any other regularl Spurs player over the 2019/20 campaign. Taking this into account, and Guardiola’s brand of tiki-taka football, it’s little wonder why the Spaniard is reportedly an admirer and willing to shell out £40m.
However, while Robinson believes a move could ‘work’ for both parties, he would still be ‘very disappointed’ to see the Englishman leave – going on to tell Football Insider that Winks is a ‘top player’ and there is more to come from his time in north London.
“I think he’s a top player. I think there’s a lot more to come from him as well at club and international level,” explained Robinson.
“I’d be very, very disappointed to see him leave, but if the manager is restructuring and has to sell to get himself some money for new recruits, then it is an area of the field that he may look at. Spurs have got a very imbalanced squad. They’re overloaded with midfielders.
“If an offer was to come in for a player like Winks and there was an opportunity for him to play Champions League football at Manchester City, it may just be a deal that would work for both parties. But he is a player that I would certainly be disappointed to see leave.”
Whether or not the Cityzens revamp their interest in Winks remains to be seen, but from a Tottenham perspective, it may be debatable whether the best course of action would be to take a substantial fee or wait for him to blossom.
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