Mourinho reportedly watched Emil Forsberg on Friday; Spurs should consider their own move

Leipzig's Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly football match between RB Leipzig and Sevilla at The Emirates Stadium in north London on July...

Manchester United are reportedly pursuing RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg.

Leipzig's Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly football match between RB Leipzig and Sevilla at The Emirates Stadium in north London on July...

Reports from the Daily Mail suggest that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was watching RB Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg as he travelled to see Sweden take on Italy.

With the World Cup play-offs upon us, Sweden claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Italy on Friday night, with Jakob Johansson's deflected strike handing them a first-leg advantage.

The two sides go head to head again tonight in Italy, but one man who was interested in the first leg was Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who was spotted in the crowd alongside former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Emil Forsberg of Sweden during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg between Sweden and Italy at Friends arena on November 10, 2017 in Solna, Sweden.

The Daily Mail report that Mourinho was in attendance to watch RB Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg, ahead of a possible bid from Manchester United – but one club who should potentially look to enter the race is Tottenham Hotspur.

Forsberg racked up a stunning 19 assists in the Bundesliga last season, with the Swede emerging as one of Europe's most underrated playmakers, having also hit eight goals.

Tottenham have relied heavily on Christian Eriksen for creativity, and whilst his injury record is fantastic, Spurs may need to think about another playmaking force in case Eriksen isn't available – or if Tottenham end up receiving an offer for him that they can't refuse.

Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg attends a training session of the Swedish national football team on the eve of the WC 2018 football qualification match between Sweden and France in Solna,...

Forsberg fits the bill, whilst his ability to play out wide or as a No. 10 – just like Eriksen – would give Pochettino flexibility when it comes to switching between his 4-2-3-1 and 3-4-2-1 systems.

One potential drawback would be Forsberg's age, as at 26, he doesn't necessarily fit the Spurs mould of signing young players with huge potential, but the addition of Fernando Llorente in August did suggest that manager Mauricio Pochettino will break his usual policy for the right player.

Forsberg, whether in addition to or as a replacement for Eriksen, would be a smart addition for Spurs, and they should consider joining Mourinho and United in watching the playmaker, starting with tonight's game against Italy.

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