Tottenham eye RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer as Christian Eriksen replacement – but face transfer battle with Arsenal

Tottenham and Arsenal are both in the hunt for RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, talkSPORT understands.
The 26-year-old midfielder has caught the eye in the Champions League, impressing in matches against both Spurs and Manchester United over the past two seasons.
Sabitzer is one of the Bundesliga’s most highly-rated midfieldersGetty Images – Getty
Many players, such as Timo Werner, have used the Bundesliga club as a stepping stone and it looks like Sabitzer could follow his former teammate to the Premier League.
Whispers in Germany suggest the Austrian has rejected a new deal at Leipzig, putting the likes of Spurs and Arsenal on red alert.
And while a summer move seems more likely for Sabitzer, talkSPORT’s transfer guru Alex Crook has not ruled out a transfer this month.
He told White and Jordan: “There is interest from Tottenham and Arsenal in Marcel Sabitzer.
The Austria international is your classic box-to-box midfielderGetty Images – Getty
“Tottenham were keen to bring this player to north London in the last transfer window, and Arsenal are also monitoring his situation closely.
“They will both be encouraged by what we’re hearing over in Germany that he’s turned down a new contract at RB Leipzig, so he’s clearly someone who is looking for pastures new.
“He’s box-to-box, probably more attacking than Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. I think Tottenham see him as someone who can become their new playmaker, they haven’t really had one since Christian Eriksen left.
Leipzig may be forced to sell Sabitzer this summer or risk losing him on a freeGetty Images – Getty
“It probably won’t happen in this window, he’s contracted at Leipzig until 2022, but obviously having turned down a new deal I think Leipzig are going to have to start looking at selling him and accepting offers, but probably in the summer.
“But you never know… there are two weeks to go in the January window and if Tottenham believe he can make the difference between them being title challengers and not, then maybe Daniel Levy might just get the chequebook out.”

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