German newspaper Bild have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are ready to step up their interest in RB Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window – and Liverpool should join the race for the talented Austrian.
Sabitzer, 26, has been irresistible under Julian Nagelsmann this season, having a hand in 23 goals in 35 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit. The versatile playmaker has scored 15 times from midfield and has provided eight assists for his team.
The Austria international even recorded a stunning brace during Leipzig’s 4-0 aggregate victory over Jose Mourinho’s side in the last-16 of the Champions League earlier this month.
Following the humbling at the hands of Sabitzers’ Leipzig, Mourinho has reportedly identified the skipper as the Lilywhites’ top transfer target.
The report claims that Mourinho could be handed a transfer budget in the region of £130 million this summer. Spurs currently value Sabitzer at £45 million who is currently under contract at Leipzig until 2022.
However, we at RTK think that Liverpool should also consider themselves in joining the race for the Leipzig talisman.
Sabitzer, similarly to the Reds’ trusted midfield trident, is a workhorse for his team and possesses Klopp midfield-type traits. The Austria playmaker is unwavering in the middle of the park and keeps his side ticking in midfield with an impressive 82.1 per cent pass accuracy in the Champions League this season.
Also, Liverpool have suffered significant injuries in midfield this campaign to the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson which showcases that some additions in that regard wouldn’t go a miss. Another definitive factor is that Adam Lallana’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and Liverpool will want a ready-made replacement – Sabitzer certainly would fit the bill.
Club sporting director Michael Edwards and FSG have showcased their ability at finding rough diamonds in uncharted territory. Liverpool do not require major surgery to a team that has won the league at a canter but with two of the Reds’ midfield base (Henderson and Wijnaldum) approaching their thirties, Sabitzer could be identified as a potential suitor.
Sabitzer boasts leadership, goals and now has the European pedigree that would see him effortlessly fit into a team that has been in two Champions League finals in the past 24 months.
It’s a no brainer for the Reds, they should be in the mix for a player of Sabitzers’ quality.