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Tottenham Hotspur Attempting A Bargain Move For This Ligue 1 Midfielder: A Smart Option For Jose?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Estadio Deportivo, Tottenham Hotspur are among clubs interested in Maxime Lopez. The Marseille midfielder faces an uncertain future in France after negotiations broke down due to the club’s financial problems. Lopez’s current contract expires at the end of next season, and the player could be available for just €10 million. However, Spurs are set to face stiff competition from West Ham United.

Maxime Lopez’s recent struggles at Marseille

Lopez was a key component of Marseille’s senior team ever since his breakthrough campaign during the 2016/17 season. He has already made 146 competitive appearances for the French giants while maintaining an excellent fitness record. Yet, in the recently finished campaign, Lopez found it challenging to find game-time.

Even though the Frenchman was a first-team regular during the first half of the campaign, he went down the pecking order since the turn of the year. In fact, Lopez had made only two starts in this calendar year before the French footballing authority decided to deem the season, null and void.

The midfielder’s lack of chances primarily revolves around his contract situation, with coach Andre Villas-Boas keen on grooming a potential replacement. Hence, a move away from Marseille is almost guaranteed as far as Lopez is concerned.

Tottenham are among clubs interested in Maxime Lopez - Is he the real deal?
Olympique de Marseille’s French midfielder Maxime Lopez (C) vies with Montpellier’s French midfielder Paul Lasne (R) and Montpellier’s French midfielder Morgan Sanson (L) during the French L1 football match between Montpellier and Marseille at the La Mosson Stadium in Montpellier, southern France, on November 4, 2016. / AFP / PASCAL GUYOT via Getty Images)

Tottenham are among clubs interested in Maxime Lopez: A smart option for Mourinho?

Lopez is gifted with technical prowess. He can operate as an excellent ball-carrier, largely thanks to his neat footwork that allows him to nestle through tight spaces. These qualities could make the Frenchman an ideal alternative for Tanguy Ndombele.

The ex-Lyon starlet has struggled to live up to the expectations following his big-money move to Spurs last summer. While his future at the club remains uncertain, Lopez could make an impact in the Premier League if he can replicate his performances in England.

Indeed, the 22-year-old can not only operate as a number eight but also as a number six. It could open up a host of tactical possibilities for Jose Mourinho. Also, he is known for his aggression and tenacious nature that should tune in well with the Portuguese mastermind’s pragmatic style of play.

However, what makes Lopez such an appealing target for Tottenham Hotspur is his €10 million price-tag. It is reasonably low for a player of his calibre and given the club’s current financial situation, Mourinho will be more than happy to seal a deal for the Marseille midfielder this summer.

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