Tottenham Hotspur could be set to lose a “sensational” player in the January transfer window, with a big European club now keen, according to a report.
Which Tottenham players are leaving in January?
There are a number of Tottenham players that were expected to leave in the summer, who could be on the move in the January transfer window, with back-up goalkeeper Hugo Lloris set to depart on a free transfer, as his contract expires next summer.
Spurs are reportedly planning to trade Eric Dier, who has yet to appear in the Premier League this season, and it is expected that they would reconsider a move for Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo to replace him, having been interested in the defender during the summer.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is another player who has slid down the pecking order since Ange Postecoglou’s arrival, with the midfielder mostly being used as a substitute up to this point, and Football Insider claims he is expected to leave in January.
A January move is “by far the most likely outcome” for the Dane, who is no longer a member of the Lilywhites’ first-choice 11, and Corriere della Sera has claimed that Juventus are interested (via sport witness
The Italian giants attempted to recruit the central midfielder in the summer, and they made touch with Tottenham about an exchange trade including Arthur Melo, but the deal fell through.
The Serie A club may reconsider a bid for the 28-year-old in the January transfer window, having put him on their shortlist with Khephren Thuram, but the Spurs ace remains their first-choice option.
The Turin club believes the former Bayern Munich player is better suited, and they want him for his “essence of personality,” thus a January move looks to be in the cards, given how highly Juventus evidently regard him.
With the Denmark international’s contract not due to expire until 2025, Tottenham will be able to hold out for a fee, and Juve sporting director Cristiano Giuntol is now tasked with agreeing a deal.
Is Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg leaving Tottenham?
At this point in his career, the Copenhagen-born midfielder is unlikely to be content with being a backup option, especially given that he has been a crucial player for the Lilywhites since his arrival, making 35 Premier League games last season.
However, given Spurs’ strong start to the season, Postecoglou has been justified in picking other players in midfield, and Yves Bissouma has impressed, averaging a Sofascore match rating of 7.45 in the league, the third-highest in the team.
Pape Matar Sarr is not lagging too far behind Bissouma either, having also put in some solid performances in the opening stages of the campaign, so at this stage, you could say it makes sense for Tottenham to sanction Hojbjerg’s departure in January.
Having been lauded as “sensational” by members of the media, it is clear that Hojbjerg may well go on and be a success somewhere else, but he has fallen down the pecking order, and a sale could be best for all parties.