Tottenham are braced for an offer to sign a rarely seen midfielder, and his deal could coincide with a €32m-rated ex-Arsenal star joining Spurs, per reports.
Tottenham are yet to appoint a new permanent manager and sporting director, though with the summer window fast approaching, transfer plans cannot be put on hold.
Chairman Daniel Levy is speculated to be taking the lead on activating the option to buy in Dejan Kulusevski’s loan from Juventus.
The Sweden winger pre-agreed personal terms when initially joining on an 18-month loan and will transfer onto that contract once the option is taken up.
Elsewhere, French outlet FootMercato bring news of Pape Sarr emerging as the priority midfield target at Marseille.
Sarr, 20, made 14 appearances for Spurs this season, though only four were starts.
With Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur set to eventually return from injury and Tottenham not in Europe, Sarr’s minutes will be in even shorter supply next term.
As such, Marseille are sensing an opportunity to pull off a loan deal after determining Sarr represents a superior option to alternative targets that include Denis Zakaria (Juventus) and Habib Diarra (Strasbourg).
Marseille finished third in Ligue 1 and as such, will enter next year’s Champions League in the third qualifying round.
However, they look destined to lose midfield linchpin, Matteo Guendouzi, and as such, are seeking a suitable successor before their UCL qualifiers take place.
Sarr is the man they’re turning to and a loan approach is on the cards.
Sarr, Guendouzi could trade places
The man he’d potentially replace – Matteo Guendouzi – may actually wind up trading places by joining Spurs.
The former Arsenal midfielder has gone from strength to strength since ditching the Gunners for Marseille.
The 24-year-old has impressed back in his homeland and is now a regular in Didier Deschamps’ France squads.
His development has not gone unnoticed, with reports in France earlier in May stating Tottenham ‘desire’ the signing of Guendouzi.
Spurs aren’t alone in that regard, with Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham all linked by various outlets.
If Guendouzi does leave Marseille this summer, he’s expected to cost around €32m (approx. £27.6m).