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Jose Mourinho’s comments after selling Juan Mata should give Tottenham Hotspur hope on Anthony Martial

The United boss is open to selling to rivals and Tottenham want the Frenchman.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur are said to be on the verge of opening up discussions with Manchester United over a move for the club’s French attacker Anthony Martial. The Daily Mail is reporting that a move for the 22-year-old is set to be accelerated next week.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a big fan of the player, who he feels can act both as a back-up to striker Harry Kane and as a left-sided attacker in his own right. The report suggests Tottenham will have to pay a large portion of the £38 million spent to bring the Frenchman to Old Trafford from Monaco.

For many though, the move will feel off. Manchester United are clearly in direct competition with Tottenham Hotspur for the Premier League title, amongst other silverware. Selling a player to a direct rival is not the done thing at Manchester United.

However, whilst it may not be the Manchester United philosophy, Jose Mourinho has no qualms about doing so.

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He proved this in the past with one of his current United players. In January 2014 Manchester United completed a deal to sign Juan Mata from Chelsea. It was a shock move, given how impressive the Spaniard had been during his time at Stamford Bridge. But the club’s manager at the time, Mourinho, was not using him often enough. He preferred Oscar in the number 10 role and felt Mata did not have the defensive diligence to play wide. Therefore, he was sold for £37 million to rivals Manchester United. At the time Mourinho told Sky Sports:

Arsenal is full of top players, City is full of top players, and United is full of top players, so if Juan plays for them, it means somebody else is not playing.

“So why not? Every club does this in other countries, so what’s the problem to do it here?

“If a similar situation happens (and) instead of us, instead of Man United, it’s Arsenal or Manchester City or Tottenham or Liverpool, we would do the same.

“If the offer was the same and Juan desired to go, it would be the same.”

Martial’s position at United is extremely similar to the one Mata found himself under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. No doubt he is highly rated by the Portuguese. However, he does not quite fit the system he wants to play and it is unfair to keep him at the club just to avoid moving him on to a rival.

So this summer it will be no surprise to see Mourinho sanction a move for Martial to Tottenham. Although, he might still want a Toby Alderweireld shaped sweetener added into any deal.

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Rumoured Tottenham move from Leicester would be ideal for Harry Maguire

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Harry Maguire was one of England’s sensations this summer at the World Cup, going from a pick questioned by many to a real fixture in the side and one of the first names on the team-sheet.

The central defender will be keen to build on that success back at club level in 2018/19, whether that is at current club Leicester City or not, with the Daily Star reporting that odds as low as 5/2 on a move to Tottenham have been offered.

Such a deal would make perfect sense for the 25-year-old, who may not be impressed by his club’s decision to allow Riyad Mahrez to depart and could consider that now would be the best chance he’ll get to walk into the starting line-up of a top six side.

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Maguire has made a firm impression at the King Power Stadium but now faces a big call: whether to confirm his place as the leader of his team or move on for a new opportunity.

Manchester United are also quoted at 8/1 whilst Liverpool at in the running at 10/1, with Manchester City and Chelsea looking unlikely to show an interest with their odds reflecting that at 16/1, yet Tottenham may be the most attractive proposition.

 

“We’ve tried to play out and change the game to the way we want to play but there is still a lot of improvement to come. We feel we can get a lot better as a team and as a group. It is now time to show that.”

Harry Maguire speaking after England’s third place play-off defeat to Belgium.

With Toby Alderweireld‘s expected departure likely to leave a spot open for someone to accompany Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez in the strongest side, Maguire has a rare opportunity to work under a coach like Mauricio Pochettino with a superb reputation for developing talent.

Potentially lining up alongside England team-mates like Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, who would likely be keen to line up alongside him at club level too and could ease the transition, playing with a style more akin to that he has played for England of late.

It may be a gamble for Maguire to leave a club with potential where he is comfortable, but a transfer to Tottenham could take his career to the next level in ideal surroundings.

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One winner and one loser amid rumoured Tottenham exit for Danny Rose

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There were surprise reports breaking from France as post-World Cup it was claimed that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are considering Tottenham‘s Danny Rose as an option at left-back.

Le 10 Sport report that he is one of three candidates on PSG’s shortlist this summer, alongside Raphael Guerreiro from Borussia Dortmund and Alex Sandro from Juventus, and could well be on the move.

The news comes almost 12 months after a sensational interview in which he slammed the club’s wage structure and spoke of a desire to move on in search of silverware, followed by an injury hit campaign in which he started only nine Premier League games.

 

““I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me. Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal.”

Danny Rose speaking in August 2017.

If he were to move on, Rose’s decision could have a big impact on two men in particular…

One Winner: Ben Davies

Given that he made 38 appearances last season and started in many of Tottenham’s biggest fixtures of the season in league, cup and European competitions, there may already be an argument to claim that Welsh international Davies is the first choice left-back at White Hart Lane.

A possible departure for Rose would mean that Pochettino could freely select Davies as first choice without the need for rotation that he has had to use this season and give the former Swansea man a real platform to prove himself as one of the best in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has already shown that he has what it takes and an exit for his biggest rival at club level would give him the chance to shine.

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One Loser: Layvin Kurzawa

Many in France expected that the 25-year-old full-back could be one of those to benefit the most from Unai Emery’s departure and Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in Paris, yet his reported interested in Rose looks likely to kill off any such hopes of a career revival having made only 20 Ligue 1 appearances last campaign.

A French international who missed out on the World Cup squad due to limited game time, he would not be likely to compete with a new statement purchase and could be moved on.

The Daily Mail have previously linked him with Tottenham themselves, as well as Manchester United and Chelsea, so it may not end so badly after all for Kurzawa, but the potential signing of Rose would seemingly spell the end of his time in the French capital.

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Four men under threat after Steven N’Zonzi links with Tottenham

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Tottenham may boast a World Cup winning captain and the winner of the Golden Boot, but another winner could be on his way to north London, according to reports, in the form of ex-Blackburn and Stoke man Steven N’Zonzi.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo say that Spurs have entered the bidding for holding midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who was a substitute in Sunday’s final as France beat Croatia.

The move could have a big impact on several men both in and outside the club, with these four affected more than most…

Mousa Dembele

There can be no doubting that Mousa Dembele is highly rated by Mauricio Pochettino, who didn’t hide his feelings earlier this season with the Belgian a key member of his midfielder. Yet The Sun claim that an exit is still possible.

“I have said before that he is a genius of football. I put him next to Maradona, Ronaldinho, Jay Jay Okocha. I think for me, he is one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football.”

– Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino speaking in February.

As one of the older members of the squad and with only a year left on his contract, the arrival of another man in an already congested area of the squad could be the strongest indication yet that he is destined to leave before a ball is kicked at Tottenham’s new ground.

Eric Dier

Fresh from World Cup heartbreak with England where he was restricted to a bit part role as a substitute, Eric Dier could face another challenge at club level if the midfielder does arrive from Sevilla this summer.

2017/18 saw Dier make the fewest number of Premier League appearances he has made since his debut season in the Premier League in 2014/15 and whilst he will be keen to cement his spot in the side next season, a new rival would be an unwelcome challenge.

Unai Emery

The newly appointed Arsenal boss worked closely with Steven N’Zonzi as their spell together at Sevilla brought Europa League success to southern Spain and Le 10 Sport claim that the Gunners man was keen on a reunion.

Upon reflection, it’s hard to imagine that Emery would be disappointed with his transfer business so far this summer, but it will be a bitter blow to leave a potential target, one who is experienced and he knows well, to his biggest rivals.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United and Steven N’Zonzi of Sevilla battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester United and Sevilla FC at Old Trafford on March 13, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Victor Wanyama

After stuttering through the 2017/18 campaign, the Kenyan midfielder would have been hoping for a relaxed summer to rebuild his fitness and combat 2018/19 head on. The arrival of N’Zonzi could throw a major spanner into the works and could pose a threat to what he may believe is a clear route into the starting line-up.

Wanyama clearly has Pochettino’s backing, having brought him to White Hart Lane from Southampton, but this could be the clearest indication yet that his place is at risk after a disappointing season.

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