Tottenham are bracing themselves to lose Danny Rose this summer, with Manchester United favourites to get him.
Mauricio Pochettino is looking for potential replacement options for the Doncaster born full-back, who is reportedly interested in moving north.
Jose Mourinho, who has struggled with his left-backs this season, has been alerted to this development. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have also long been rumoured to be interested. But latest reports now indicate that Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy is their No.1 target, according to the Mirror.
The Sky Blues also have Kyle Walker on their priority list. This might signal a difficult transfer window for Tottenham, with both their full-backs set to depart. One of the reasons for this is Tottenham’s strict wage structure, which has restricted Walker’s wage to £55,000-a-week – something that Man City can drastically improve.
Rose’s public admission last week that the London club might find it hard to retain players had given rise to more speculation. He said that they might “fancy a change” and Spurs could be seen as a “nearly club” yet to win any trophies. Tottenham have had two very good consecutive seasons, but they failed to yield any silverware.
This might lead to a mass exodus from the Premier League’s second best team. Pochettino will be anxious to prevent that, or be prepared for it. He is rumoured to be looking at United’s left-back Luke Shaw as an option if Rose leaves. The 21-year-old has struggled under Mourinho due to indifferent form and injuries.
This might lead to a swap deal between the two clubs. But also on Tottenham’s target list is Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon. The 17-year old is on the radar of several other clubs as well, including both Manchester giants, Arsenal, and Liverpool.