Moves! There are things happening and gears turning in the transfer window! One day after Tottenham Hotspur finalized the transfer of midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton, quotes are emerging in the Italian media surrounding Roma striker Antonio Sanabria.
Tuttomarcatoweb today has quotes from Sanabria’s agent Raul Verdu that confirms that he has had at least some contact with Spurs about a possible move for the Paraguayan forward.
"Le voci sul Tottenham? Parlo in generale, c'è stato qualche contatto ma dovremo valutare con la Roma. In questo momento il ragazzo è dei giallorossi, poi parlerò con Sabatini per decidere come muoverci. Attualmente non c'è ancora nulla di concreto in merito al futuro di Sanabria, vedremo se ci saranno novità a partire dalla prossima settimana"
And a rough Italian translation:
"The rumors about Tottenham? Generally speaking, there was some contact, but we will have to negotiate with Roma. Right now the boy is a Giallorossi, but I'll talk to [sporting director Walter] Sabatini to decide how to proceed. At the moment there is nothing concrete yet about Sanabria’s future; we'll see if there will be news next week."
Gazetta World goes even further, claiming that Spurs have even agreed on a €15m (£12m) transfer fee with Roma for his transfer, though Verdu’s comments above seem to directly contradict that, so, y’know, LOL.
Italian media stories are notoriously inaccurate, so take this with an entire salt mine for now, but we already know that Spurs are interested in Sanabria as one of a short list of possible striker targets. The others include, at present, AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen and Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi.
If Spurs are truly close to signing Sanabria, then it’s definitely curious as to what the heck they’re doing with Vincent Janssen. Are they ultimately only going to choose one to sign? Might they actually sign TWO strikers in this window? While things seemed to have cooled a bit with Batshuayi, with Spurs apparently backing off over his reported high transfer fee and wages, Tottenham definitely have some irons in the fire here in the days before the transfer window opens. Kind of a weird thing to say about Tottenham Hotspur, isn’t it?