Guardiola a ‘serous admirer’ as Man City linked with £40m move for Spurs midfielder Winks

Pep Guardiola is apparently a ‘serious admirer’ of Spurs midfielder, Harry Winks, with Manchester City reportedly considering a ‘shock’ move to sign the England international.

Tottenham‘s signing of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has led to questions surrounding the long-term future of Winks in north London, the academy graduate set to face increased competition for a first-team place following the arrival of the Denmark international.

Winks made 41 appearances in all competitions for the club last season and was an ever-present during the club’s strong finish to the season, but could be moved on with Jose Mourinho needing to sell before he can make significant signings.

The move for Hojbjerg was largely funded by the transfer of Kyle Walker-Peters in the opposite direction, and Winks is viewed as a valuable asset who ‘could be allowed to go’, with Manchester City amongst his list of admirers, according to the Sun at least.

The report says that Guardiola believes Winks has room to develop and the midfielder’s comfortability in possession makes him a sensible fit for the Spaniard’s style, with Spurs prepared to sell should they receive a bid ‘in excess of £40m’.

The 24-year-old has made 143 appearances in all competitions for Spurs and formed part of the side which reached the Champions League final last season, whilst he has also won six senior caps for England, scoring once in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo.

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