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‘Could be a suitable player’: Pundit tells Euro giant to consider bidding for Tottenham-linked ‘engine’

Alexander Manninger has told Tutto Juve that Juventus should consider rivalling Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan for RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer.

Manning, who played in goal for Juventus and Liverpool, believes Sabitzer has the right profile to suit the Turin outfit. The Old Lady are currently building for the future after the return of head coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Sabitzer could be a player Juventus target with his RB Leipzig future doubtful. The Austrian will enter the final year of his contract at the German outfit next month and has told the club that he wants a new challenge, per The Athletic.

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Leipzig are expected to demand €15m (£13m) to sell Sabitzer this summer to avoid him leaving on a free transfer. The figure marks a drastic reduction over the last year, after Jose Mourinho and Tottenham were quoted €50m (£43m).

Tottenham remain interested in the 27-year-old, though. Bild noted in March that Spurs were one of three Premier League sides keen on the 53-cap ace. AC Milan have also eyed a deal to replace Hakan Calhanoglu, per Tuttosport.

But Manning would suggest Juventus join the race to sign the Leipzig captain. Sabitzer offered nine goals and seven assists in 39 games last season, and led his Saxony side to the DFB Pokal final before heading to Euro 2020.

“Marcel could be a suitable player for Juventus,” Manninger said. “I played with his father Herfried, who was a forward, unlike his son who is an engine in every midfield he plays in. He is proving it at Leipzig.”

TBR’s view: Tottenham must listen to Manning on Sabitzer

Daniel Levy is still searching for Mourinho’s replacement with talks ramping up to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo, per the Guardian. The Portuguese may be less keen on Sabitzer than his compatriot was, but Tottenham should listen to Manning’s advice for Juventus and look to forge a raid on Leipzig this summer.

Sabitzer would be a true bargain for Tottenham at just £13m and has shown his creativity repeatedly in the Bundesliga. He would also offer Espirito Santo a true dynamo in the engine room, like Manning has told Juventus to admire.

Sabitzer floats around the centre of the park looking to influence the flow of the game. He has taken that to Euro 2020 and set up Austria’s first against North Macedonia with an incredible cross-field pass. The 27-year-old plays with his head up and would be a welcome addition in any side’s midfield.

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