Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is reportedly attracting interest from Premier League and English rivals Manchester City.
According to the Sun, Man City boss Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the 24-year-old and wants to try bring him to the Etihad Stadium ahead of next season.
It is claimed that the player’s position at Spurs is under threat due to the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and as a result he’s someone that could be sold, if an offer in excess of £40million is submitted for him.
The report explains that Champions League quarter-finalists Man City are likely to be frontrunners for Winks’ signature if Spurs indicate they want to sell him, but the England international is firmly on their radar already and a £40million move is mooted.
Winks is an academy graduate that has come through the youth ranks at the north London club and already made 143 first-team appearances for them, with most of them coming under the club’s ex-manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino helped the central midfielder become an important player in the senior team and gave him plenty of praise, including after a win over Fulham in the 2018/19 campaign.
“He deserves the praise because the whole action is amazing. He recovered the ball like a full-back, we started to build from the back and then he arrived for the cross from GK, which was fantastic – we have to praise him too,” he said in January 2019, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“It’s amazing, amazing, because we were talking in the last few weeks that he had to score and to have more presence in the opposition’s box because he has the quality to do it. “I’m so happy.
Winks finished the season strongly under current boss Jose Mourinho by playing every minute of the final six league games, as they snuck into a European qualifying position for next year.
But the Sun’s report suggests that he could slip down the pecking order now that Hojbjerg has arrived and even claims that he will be sold for the right price, amid interest from Man City.
The deep-lying playmaker is extremely effective when he sits at the base of midfield dictating possession and he’s defensively switched on too, so it’s easy to see why Guardiola rates him and wants him at the Etihad Stadium.
A £40million offer should certainly tempt Spurs for Winks, but at the same time he’s a talent out of the academy and perhaps can still offer more to Mourinho’s team moving forward.