Tottenham ‘interested in deal’ with Daniel Levy set to try correct Pochettino error | Football | Sport

Tottenham ‘interested in deal’ with Daniel Levy set to try correct Pochettino error | Football | Sport

Tottenham Hotspur could look to correct an error made by former boss Mauricio Pochettino when the transfer window opens later this year. The current Chelsea manager was in charge when Marcus Edwards was allowed to leave Spurs, with reports suggesting the north Londoners may look to sign the forward this summer.

As per A Bola, Tottenham are one of the Premier League sides monitoring Edwards’ situation at Portuguese side Sporting CP. It’s claimed Sporting would prefer to keep hold of the forward – who is under contract in Lisbon until the summer of 2026 – but aren’t against selling him in the off-season.

They would only sanction a sale if Edwards’ asking price was met though, with suggestions the Englishman has a £52million release clause in his contract at Sporting having surfaced last year. However, it’s now reported by the Portuguese outlet that offers around the £20million mark could be listened to instead. It would be a considerable climb down from his initial valuation, with London rivals Crystal Palace another top-flight club said to be interested.

Regardless of how much Tottenham may have to spend to sign the 25-year-old, it is still likely to prove a costly mistake, given the London-born ace came through the Spurs academy as a youngster. Edwards spent 13 years at the capital club, but only ever made one senior appearance – an EFL Cup third-round match against Gillingham in 2016.

Such was his hype while in the academy set-up at Spurs, the then manager Pochettino went as far as likening Edwards to none other than Lionel Messi. Speaking back in 2016, the Argentine coach said: « The qualities – it’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi.

« He’s small, he’s left-footed… He [Edwards] is a very good prospect and potentially he can be a top player, but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough talent to be a top player, a great player. But now it’s how he builds his future, that’s very important. And it’s our responsibility to tell him. »

Ultimately though, Edwards would find himself leaving England altogether in the summer of 2019, when he put pen to paper on a move to Primeira Liga side Vitoria de Guimaraes. Impressing in the Portuguese first tier, a move to giants Sporting followed in January 2022, where he’s notched up 46 goal contributions in 104 matches for the Lions.

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