Alasdair Gold has played down Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of signing Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig on his Youtube channel.
Sabitzer has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs in recent weeks, with BILD even saying that he would be keen to join Jose Mourinho’s side.
However, Gold feels that the current links are simply agent talk at the moment.
If Tottenham were to sign Sabitzer then they would have to have a major reshuffle of their registered squads for both the Premier League and the Europa League.
And Gold says that Tottenham will have to move multiple players out before they even considering bringing in the Austrian midfielder.
“The biggest problem with Tottenham and people hate to hear this,” Gold said.
“Spurs have squad issues, they have foreign player limit issues – they have three too many in their Europa League squad and Joe Rodon has taken them up to the maximum of 25 in the Premier League squad.
“Spurs have to move on players before they can bring players in.
“I’ve seen Sabitzer. Let’s use him as an example. He’s constantly held up as ‘let’s bring him in and replace Dele Alli’.
“But it doesn’t work like that. You’re replacing a homegrown player with a foreign player.
“Sabitzer, as I understand, is a player Tottenham like. He is a player they’ve looked at before. But at the moment it’s just agent talk. They are not in a position to move for him.”
Missing out on Sabitzer now could be considered a disappointment for Spurs, as he would have been an exciting addition to their squad.
The 26-year-old showed exactly what he could do in games against Spurs in the Champions League last season, and he has proven himself to be a very valuable member of Leipzig’s side.
Sabitzer would have provided Spurs with energy and technical ability from midfield.
However, it seems that any strong transfer links will need to be treated with a degree of caution for the foreseeable future, unless Mourinho can shift out a number of players in the coming weeks.