Even though they set a £26 million valuation, Tottenham is divided about the future of a key player as four suitors remain on their shortlist. - footballivenews
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Even though they set a £26 million valuation, Tottenham is divided about the future of a key player as four suitors remain on their shortlist.



Following his lack of playing time for Tottenham under Ange Postecoglou, Hojbjerg has been more closely associated with Juventus in recent weeks.

Nevertheless, Postecoglou may find the Denmark international indispensable during the winter, since Tottenham will be without Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma because of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Thus, should Juventus decide to make a formal bid for Hojbjerg, Tottenham will have to make a difficult choice. La Gazzetta Dello Sport has reported in an update that Spurs are still unsure of the circumstances.

Should they approve the former Southampton player’s deal, it would not be for less than €30 million (£26.2 million).

It is doubtful if Juventus would be able to satisfy their expectations, particularly during the January transfer window.

But, with Paul Pogba and Nicolo Fagioli out due to suspension, the Old Lady is in dire need of reinforcements in the midfield.

Furthermore, the article restates that they are intensifying their pursuit of Hojbjerg by going to see him play live last week after following him virtually for a few months.

Additionally, Kalvin Phillips, a struggling player for Manchester City, has been strongly linked to them; he may see more playing time in Italy than at the Etihad Stadium.

According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, every week that Phillips sits on the Man City bench increases his value as a potential target for Juventus.

Hojbjerg one of four names on Juventus shortlist

Lazar Samardzic of Udinese and Rodrigo De Paul of Atletico Madrid are two more options to strengthen Max Allegri’s midfield.

Samardzic and De Paul, two former Udinese stars, have both played in Serie A, while Hojbjerg and Phillips are well-known players abroad.

Hojbjerg is now in his eighth season in the Premier League, his fourth with Tottenham, after having played in seven consecutive seasons.

After 157 games for his present club, he is getting close to the last 18 months of his contract in North London and may be open to a new challenge.

Hojbjerg will sign a deal with whichever team should cover him for the balance of his prime years when he turns 28.

Given Phillips’ situation—he will turn 28 in December—it will be intriguing to see whom Juventus targets first.

Because of Pogba’s and Fagioli’s absences, it is unclear if Juventus will choose to sign both or just one of them.

Juventus is now two points behind rivals Inter in Serie A as of the November international break.

Due to UEFA’s removal of Turin following Juventus’ capital gains case, there isn’t any European football available this season. However, Hojbjerg’s Tottenham aren’t in any European competitions, and Phillips’ prospects of playing for Man City in the Champions League are limited, as they are in any competition.