Euro Football Rumours

Tottenham eyeing move for Marseille right-back

Hiroki Sakai is a target for Tottenham in the winter transfer window.

According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Tottenham are eyeing move for Marseille right-back Hiroki Sakai.

The Japan international joined Marseille from Hannover 96 on a free transfer in July 2016. His contract expires in the summer of 2022.

Hiroki Sakai
Hiroki Sakai

Sakai has played 140 times for Marseille since signing from Hannover 96, scoring 2 goals and creating 4 assists in that time.

The 29-year-old is considered to be one of the best right-backs in Japan.

His record for Japan is also impressive. Sakai has scored one goal in 61 matches for Japan at senior level.

His impressive performances this season have apparently caught the eye of some of Europe’s big clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho is looking to shore up his defensive options and Marseille’s Sakai happens to be a target. Mourinho is a long term admirer of Sakai and believes he can get the most out of the Japan international.

Tottenham are desperate to make an impact in the winter transfer window.

According to the report, “Tottenham are eyeing Olympique Marseille fullback Hiroki Sakai. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has plans to upgrade his fullback options and Tuttosport says Sakai is on his shortlist. Indeed, Spurs are in contact with the Japan international’s minders. Mourinho appreciates Sakai’s versatility, with the defender capable of playing on both sides of defence. But Sakai isn’t the only option under consideration, with RB Leipzig fullback Nordi Mukiele and Elseid Hysaj from Napoli also on the radar.”


If Spurs are genuinely interested, a deal would not be impossible to complete.

The 29-year-old would be a very good addition for Tottenham and they can afford him as well.

How strong that interest is and whether Tottenham will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.

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