RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has refused to rule out the prospect of selling Marcel Sabitzer during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Austrian international has just over a year left to run on his current contract at the Red Bull Arena (transfermarkt)
The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur with German news outlet Bild claiming last month that there was a 75 per cent chance that he would move to the North Londoners in the summer with Leipzig fully aware that he is not looking to sign a new contract extension.
Sabitzer has found himself playing in a deeper role in recent weeks for his Bundesliga outfit, having previously been utilised predominantly as an attacking midfielder.
When asked if the 27-year-old could be sold, Mintzlaff told Bild: “With the newcomers (Mohamed Simakan, Josko Gvardiol and Brian Brobbey), we now have a squad size of 25 for the new season. We have a size of 21 in mind,”
“So something else will happen. That is logical. We can not only buy, but also have to give up players from time to time.
“I am not at all ruling out the possibility that we will strengthen ourselves further. That has something to do with long-term and good squad planning.”
It remains to be seen whether Sabitzer is still on Steve Hitchen’s transfer shortlist despite Jose Mourinho’s recent exit from the club. There is no doubt that Spurs have failed to fill the void of creativity left following Christian Eriksen’s departure.
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