Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly tracked Matteo Guendouzi since 2016... it's now time to move

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium on December 13, 2017...

Premier League giants Spurs and Manchester City look set to go head-to-head to sign Lorient's Ligue 2 star Matteo Guendouzi.

Lorient's French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi Olie (C) vies with Caen's forward Jan Repas (R) and Caen's French midfielder Jonathan Delaplace during  the French League Cup round of 16...

Matteo Guendouzi could be at the centre of a Premier League tug-of-war in January. According to Sky Sports, Lorient’s teenage midfielder is on the radar of both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City after breaking into the Ligue 2 side’s first team this season.

Guendouzi, a holding midfielder of great promise, certainly appears to fit the bill for City manager Pep Guardiola, whose ability to set talented youngsters on the path to stardom is nothing short of legendary.

Bordeaux's Brazilian forward Malcom (L) vies with Lorient's midfielder Matteo Guendouzi Olie during the French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Lorient on November 5, 2016 at the...

But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will also point to the great strides made by the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Harry Kane and Dele Alli as the reason why Guendouzi should be more interested in North London than the blue half of Manchester.

According to Sky Sports, Spurs see the newly capped France Under-20 star as a possible long-term successor to Moussa Dembele in front of their back four. But it appears that Pochettino has been forming plans for the teen for quite some time.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on April 26, 2017 in London, England.

FootMercato claimed in November 2016 that Tottenham had started keeping a close eye on Guendouzi – and it seems he has remained on their radar ever since.

So the 18-year-old, who has been likened to PSG’s superstar-in-waiting Adrien Rabiot for his powerful stride and composure in possession, should gain a great deal of confidence from the fact that one of the Premier League’s biggest sides have spent so long admiring his potential.

It remains to be seen, however, whether Tottenham will benefit from playing the long game – or whether City will swoop in?

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