Spurs have rejected offers to sign two European stars because of their main transfer target. Reports in the Daily Star stated that PSG offered their out-of-favour midfielder Julian Draxler to Spurs but were rebuffed by the London club. Mauricio Pochettino has a target in mind for the number 10 role, and will not be swayed by cheap thrills.
The Spurs target is clearly Giovani Lo Celso, with stories about him increasingly linking Tottenham. Various pundits have been confirming (at least) informal bids from Tottenham for the Argentine playmaker. However, Betis have been holding out for a fee that matches Lo Celso’s £88 million release clause.
In addition to PSG’s Draxler, Spurs have also been offered Sevilla’s Pablo Sarabia. The Spaniard is a Real Madrid academy product but has failed to make him mark in Spain at 27 years of age. He is clearly not the profile of player that Spurs would want to sign.
The reason Sevilla may have offered Pablo to Spurs is perhaps due to his short contract. Pablo Sarabia’s deal with his current employers expires next summer, when they’ll lose him for free. In a pre-emptive move, the club wants to offload the player while they can still make money off him. Spurs rightly dodged a bullet in the attacking midfielder’s case. The lack of interest in Eriksen also gives Tottenham a cushion to negotiate a better deal for a better player.
Spurs targeting players of a higher caliber or younger age
One prevalent theme throughout this transfer window is the young age of all the attacking midfielder linked with the club. All of them are below 25. Lo Celso, the top target is also merely 23. The club wants potential and longetivity instead of immediate impact.
Lo Celso has been on the mark 16 times in the 2018-19 season and will be in action in the Copa America for Argentina. His stock may rise further if he has a good tournament. If not, Spurs may still trust their scouts enough to go ahead with the deal, although at a price lesser than the release clause.