The transfer window deadline is this coming Monday, and while Spurs still have one potential incoming deal that they’re working on (Milan Srkiniar), the focus might be more on who’s heading for the exit. Yesterday we talked about Ryan Sessegnon potentially heading to Germany on loan for the season, with Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig both showing interest. Today, Fabrizio Romano hinted that a third German club might be where Sessegnon eventually ends up — Hoffenheim.
Tottenham with complete Juan Foyth > Villarreal and Ryan Sessegnon > Hoffenheim [favourite over Hertha] deals on next hours. Talks ongoing to complete both loans [Foyth also with €15m buy option]. ⚪️ #THFC #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 3, 2020
So this might be an even better move than Hertha or Leipzig for two reasons — Hoffenheim are a pretty good team, finishing sixth in the Bundesliga in 2019-20, and they also have played primarily with a back three this season. If Hoffenheim see Sess as a left wingback that would put him in contention as competition with or rotation for Pavel Kaderabek. That’s pretty much an ideal position for Sess, and it sounds like he’d be getting decent minutes there for a good team in a good league.
RB Leipzig never did seem like a serious option for me, not because they’re not a good team (they absolutely are) but because it didn’t seem likely that Sess would get match time, and that they’d probably want a purchase option thrown in, something Daniel Levy seemed very much opposed to.
Romano’s other tidbit in that tweet on Juan Foyth is also worth mentioning — not much new there, but just further evidence that Foyth has probably played his last match in a Spurs shirt, especially if the €15m purchase option is part of the loan deal.
Not a whole lot of time left to finish these up, but if Fabrizio is right these two outgoing deals may be completed and announced soon, maybe even this weekend.
UPDATE (1:37PM ET): David Ornstein of The Athletic is saying the deal is done and Sess is on his way.
Hoffenheim have reached agreement with Tottenham to sign Ryan Sessegnon on season-long loan, no option to buy. Host of clubs keen but wanted purchase option & #THFC refused that or a sale. 20yo travels tomorrow morning to undergo medical + complete transfer @TheAthleticUK #TSG— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) October 3, 2020
Important to note that there is no purchase option. Spurs clearly are high on his future but Mou doesn’t think he’s ready. Playing in Germany for a decent Hoffenheim side should be good for his development.