Tottenham Hotspur are GOING to purchase a striker in this summer’s transfer window. Who that striker will be is anybody’s guess. Spurs have been heavily linked already to Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi, and reportedly met with AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen, the top scorer in the Eredivisie this past season. Now Spurs are linked to another young striker with tons of upside: 20-year old Antonio Sanabria.
Sanabria is a Paraguayan striker, currently owned by AS Roma and on loan at Sporting Gijon this past season. At age 20 he already has six caps for his national team: he started for Paraguay in their 1-0 loss to USA in the Copa America and had an additional substitute appearance, but didn’t get on the scoresheet in either match.
But where he excelled was in club play, scoring 11 goals for Gijon in 2200 minutes. Here are Michael Caley’s numbers for him in context. These are pretty good numbers for a 20-year old, especially considering Sporting Gijon isn’t exactly an offensive powerhouse of a club.
Spurs linked with Roma's Antonio Sanabria. I don't know a lot about him, but very good numbers for his age. pic.twitter.com/qvCmGKj8Ox— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) June 22, 2016
This kind of production for a 20-year old has reportedly put him on the radar of Barcelona, but you have to kind of do a deep dive in order to get any reliable information about his transfer situation. Yesterday, a few stories in both the Italian and Spanish sports media emerged linking him to a summer transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. Today, Gazzetta dello sport claims that Spurs have already agreed personal terms with him.
Here’s his highlight video, complete with the usual terrible auto-tuned quasi-dub step techno music.
So is there truth in these rumors linking him to Spurs? Who knows! The sources currently reporting on this aren’t exactly the most reliable. I don’t have any doubts that Spurs are looking at him, because he is, again, exactly the kind of player that Spurs SHOULD be looking at as they try and build a team full of young, undervalued talent to compete in the Champions League. Only Calcio Mercato has a transfer fee listed, suggesting he could be had for about €15m; Transfermarkt lists him with a value of £5.6m, which is probably hilariously wrong.
I’m not an expert on 20-year old on loan Paraguayan strikers playing in the Spanish league, but Sanabria comes recommended by people a lot smarter than I am. The English rags haven’t picked up on this story yet, which makes me even more dubious that any sort of deal is close. But hey, getting linked to a talented young striker isn’t a bad thing, right?