On December 29th, RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche admitted his side are aware of the reports linking Marcel Sabitzer to Tottenham Hotspur.
For the past few months, Spurs have been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old and now, their arch-rivals Arsenal have joined the transfer chase.
That’s according to Sky Deutschland and their transfer expert Max Bielefeld has reported about the two north London clubs wanting the midfielder.
Bielefeld claims José Mourinho’s side and the Gunners are among the ‘potential buyers.’
Amid reported interest from Tottenham and Arsenal, the director of the Bundesliga side stressed no club have approached Leipzig for the Austria international.
Sabitzer has 18 months left on his contract and Krösche admitted Leipzig’s goal is to retain the club captain beyond his current deal.
“Marcel has matured as a person and is extremely important to us. Our clear goal is that he stays longer at RB Leipzig. We will see how that develops in the next few weeks,” Krösche told Sky.
“We will sound out how he sees his development and his future. However, we will also show him what we are planning and how we want to take the next development step.”
The Leipzig chief also added: “We are interested in not letting any top performers go free of charge.”
This could be interpreted as a hint from Krösche that Leipzig could be forced to cash in from Sabitzer’s sale in the summer [when he will have one year left on his contract], if he doesn’t sign a new deal.