Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho bemoaned the lack of options on his bench after the midweek loss to RB Leipzig. In doing so, he namechecked and praised two of the Bundesliga side’s players, including Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg.
That has elicited a response from Forsberg’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya, who told Expressen of his respect for Mourinho and had a cryptic answer to a question regarding his client’s future.
“Nothing that surprises me at all. Mourinho is a great legend who has worked with Victor Nilsson Lindelöf as well. Together with Victor, Forsberg is the biggest star in the national team and has caused total chaos in Leipzig. I’m not surprised.
“I can say this … everyone will soon see what will happen to Emil Forsberg.”
So could Tottenham genuinely be interested in Forsberg?
It would not be beyond the realms of possibility. Indeed, Mourinho has reportedly been interested before.
That is according to a report from German publication Bild in 2017. They reported that Mourinho had been to watch Forsberg in action and asked Cetinkaya, who also represents former United player Victor Lindelof, about the Swede’s availability.
But Forsberg later told Kicker, as reported by the MEN, of his plans to remain at Leipzig for the time being.
Since then, the Swede has dropped out of favour at the Bundesliga club and he could be a real asset to the Tottenham first-team.
Christian Eriksen’s departure has left a gap for a playmaker and his ability to play wide could also make him a valuable asset.
Perhaps Mourinho will rekindle this old interest and make a move for the Swede this summer.