Tottenham Hotspur didn’t make a single signing in the summer, but they are seemingly doing well as they are positioned on the third spot of the Premier League table with just two points separating them and Manchester City. They haven’t been talked about as title challengers, but on the current evidence, they definitely seem to be one as they have steadily racked up three points one after the other.
A good January transfer window can propel them up further, and after a silent summer window, there is every possibility that they might look to do business in January. Reports from Europe Mercato is emerging that Spurs are interested in signing Marseille’s midfielder Morgan Sanson. The 24-year-old has established himself in Ligue 1 and is ever dependable in the middle of the park for his side. The same reports also add that a January exit is a possibility and the French midfielder is currently valued at £18m.
This is not the first time that Spurs have been linked with him as in the summer, reports from the Sun indicated that Pochettino was looking to do business with the French club regarding the sale of Sanson. Nothing materialised at that time, but it remains to be seen what would transpire in the next month.
Mousa Dembele is currently in the final year of his contract, and there is a decent possibility that Spurs won’t offer him a new deal. Victor Wanyama hasn’t been able to settle in at the club and has been plagued by injuries for quite some time now. Therefore, Pochettino can really do with a midfielder in the upcoming transfer period.
Sanson isn’t a flashy midfielder, but he gets the job done and does all the necessary things right. He is calm and composed on the ball and reads the situation well. When required, the Frenchman can play in an attacking role, and he and Harry Winks can form a formidable partnership in the middle of the park for years to come.
However, he might take some time to get used to the physicality of the Premier League and it would be interesting to see whether he would be able to cope with that kind of football. In terms of technical qualities, he would tick all the boxes for Pochettino, but the club might have to be patient with him in the initial months.
Spurs should definitely look to pull off this move and in today’s market, £18m for a 24-year-old midfielder looks like sound business to us. The midfielder has the experience of big games as well as he played a significant part in Marseille’s run in the Europa League last season where they lost the finals to Atletico Madrid.