Tottenham transfer sensation: Don't rule out Levy clinching this £50m deal - reliable journalist
By Harry Sykes
Manchester City believe Tottenham can be persuaded to sell Danny Rose this summer, according to a reliable journalist.
Bleacher Report correspondent Dean Jones has revealed in his weekly transfer column that City are weighing up a sensational £50million swoop for the England left-back.
Jones reports that City are prioritising new full-back signings this summer as Pep Guardiola embarks on a complete overhaul of a playing squad that has failed to live up to expectations this season.
Tottenham’s Rose and Benjamin Mendy of Monaco are two leading targets, with intermediaries already working on a deal to prise the latter from the Champions League quarter-finalists.
“A £50 million pursuit of Rose should not be ruled out either,” reported Jones. “There is a feeling that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could be persuaded to sell—if he can land Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.”
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Spurs have been linked with Shaw in recent months after he fell of favour with under Jose Mourinho at United.
He has been on the fringes of the team this season and there is a growing sense that he could be sold as he enters the final 12 months on his contract.
By contrast, Rose has been one of the Premier League’s leading performers this season and was in outstanding form before suffering a knee injury in January.
Shaw, 21, had similar success under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton in the 2013-14 campaign, earning him a £27million transfer to Old Trafford at the age of 18.
Football Insider verdict:
Tottenham should avoid cashing in on Rose. He has emerged as one of Europe’s outstanding left-backs and could prove too hard to adequately replace. Additionally, selling to a rival Premier League club would be the worst move that the Spurs hierarchy could make, especially to a club like Manchester City, who have the capability of trampling over their rivals en route to top-flight success. As for Shaw, while he is a solid left-back, his progress has stunted since moving to United and he does not appear much of an upgrade on Ben Davies, Rose’s capable deputy, on current form.