Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici is unlikely to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer this summer, with the 27-year-old in talks with Bayern Munich over the possibility of a move to the Allianz Arena, according to reports. Sabitzer has been linked with Spurs since the turn of the year as Paratici, chairman Daniel Levy and new boss Nuno Espirito Santo go in search of reinforcements ahead of the new season.
The north London club have already completed the signings of winger Bryan Gil and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini since the beginning of the summer.
Atalanta defender Cristian Romero is reportedly poised to become Paratici’s third capture of the window, with the 23-year-old set to pen a five-year contract upon his arrival.
Spurs are in need of improvements in a number of problem areas in order to stand the best chance of returning to the Premier League’s upper reaches this season.
The club’s midfield ranks could benefit from an injection of further quality, with the likes of Harry Winks and Eric Dier struggling to live up to expectations as of late.
Sabitzer has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s finest operators in recent seasons and is believed to be a long-term target for Spurs.
The Leipzig playmaker is often deployed as a box-to-box midfielder but he is equally comfortable in the No 10 role, with his versatility able to provide Nuno with a number of different options from the dugout.
It was reported back in April that Spurs were preparing to launch a move for Sabitzer in an attempt to provide Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with some additional competition for places.
However, it seems as though he could now be set to join Bayern, who are understood to be pushing for a move.
German outlet Bild has reported that negotiations between Leipzig and the Bundesliga champions are underway, which suggests that Spurs could miss out on the Austrian’s services.
Sabitzer has entered into the final 12 months of his current deal and is said to have no interest in agreeing fresh terms.
Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan have also been credited with a desire to land the midfielder, but whether they will be able to sneak ahead of Bayern in the battle for his signature remains to be seen.
Sabitzer made 39 appearances for Leipzig in all competitions last season, chipping in with nine goals and seven assists in the process.
He went on to play every minute for Austria at Euro 2020 but was unable to prevent his side’s exit at the hands of Italy in their first knockout stage match.
The former Red Bull Salzburg man previously suggested that a move to Spurs could be an exciting option at some point during his career, insisting that nothing is off the table as he seeks a fresh challenge.
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“Football lives on rumours,” Sabitzer told Bild when quizzed directly on Tottenham’s interest last year.
“And when you deliver good international games, it is normal for something like this to arise and interest to be expressed.
“But now I only focus on the tasks that come and above all, I want to end the season first, that has top priority. And then let’s see how things are.
“It is definitely a confirmation of the performance you are showing. It’s good, it’s fun right now. That’s why I would have loved to continue after the Tottenham games [in the Champions League two seasons ago].
“But I’ll keep trying as best I can. Oh, I’m basically open to everything. I have nothing to rule out, we will see.”