Arsenal and Tottenham ‘set for transfer battle’ over Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer after his goalscoring heroics knocked Jose Mourinho’s side out of Champions League
- Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer is interesting both Tottenham and Arsenal
- The Austrian star scored twice to help dump Spurs out of the Champions League
- Italian reports claim the north London outfits are set to battle for his signature
Tottenham are interested in making a move for Leipzig Marcel Sabitzer after the midfielder played a huge part in knocking them out of the Champions League, but they will face competition from rivals Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho’s men went out of Europe’s premier competition with a whimper as they were thrashed 3-0 by Leipzig in Germany on Tuesday night, with Sabitzer bagging a brace.
The Austrian certainly turned heads with his performance and now the two are prepared to go to war for his signature, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.
Marcel Sabitzer was at the double as he helped RB Leipzig dump Tottenham out of Europe
Hugo Lloris was at fault for both of Sabitzer’s goals but the Austrian was dangerous throughout
Sabitzer’s viruoso display helped to ‘demolish’ Spurs to help them through to the last eight, the report says, and that the player’s ‘dizzying’ stats this season has tempted a number of top sides across Europe – meaning the two Premier League sides will face a tougher fight to snare him.
They said his ‘list of suitors is detined to grow from here to the end of the season after the 25-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions, with eight coming in the Bundesliga. He also has seven assists in total.
Sabitzer opened the scoring against Spurs in the seventh minute of the game, collecting a ball from outside the box and slamming it towards the bottom left corner, Hugo Lloris getting a hand to the effort but failing to keep it out.
Jose Mourinho, pictured greeting Sabitzer, could be tempted to move for him this summer
And with just 20 minutes gone he doubled their advantage on the night by nipping ahead of stationary Tottenham defenders to nod a header past Lloris, who again was beaten far too easily, after Angelino floated a cross in.
Leipzig’s number seven began his career in his native Austria with Admira Wacker in 2010 before making a switch to Rapid Wien.
He was there for just one season before he was snapped up by Leipzig in 2014, who sent him back to Austria for a loan at affiliate Red Bull Salzburg. He then returned to establish his place in the Leipzig first team, where he has since played 178 times, scoring 42 goals.
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