Alleged Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Marcel Sabitzer could leave RB Leipzig after refusing to extend his contract at the Bundesliga giants, new head coach Jesse Marsch told BILD.
Talk about value for money.
While Leicester City want upwards of £70 million for James Maddison, the Gunners can sign another elite-level attacking midfielder for a mere fraction of that fee.
The Athletic believe that Sabitzer, a free agent in 2022, is valued at just £12 million these days. For context, that is the same fee Burnley paid for Stoke City’s Nathan Collins.
It is fair to say opportunities like this do not come around too often.
Sabitzer, a proven Champions League performer and a set-piece master, told Leipzig last week that he has no plans to extend his contract, meaning the Bundesliga outfit must sell now or risk losing their star play-maker for nothing next year.
When quizzed about Sabitzer’s future, Marsch did little to suggest that he will still be at the Red Bull Arena by the time Bayern Munich come to town on September 11.
“It’s entirely possible that ‘Sabi’ will leave us. He only has one year left on his contract. Let’s see what happens with him,” said Marsch, who has already been shorn of the services of Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate.
Could Tottenham’s tormentor Marcel Sabitzer move to North London?
The Athletic report that Tottenham are also long-time admirers of Sabitzer, the Austria international having scored twice as Leipzig battered Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side in the Champions League round-of-16 last year.
And while the interest in Sabitzer was reported to have been driven by Mourinho himself, the one-man rumour mill that is Fabrizio Romano believes the 27-year-old remains on the radar despite the Portuguese’s departure four months ago.
Sabitzer contributed nine goals and seven assists last term and should give Spurs a much-needed threat from set-pieces – an area the club have struggled in since Christian Eriksen’s departure.