Harry Winks has struggled to impress Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese manager took over at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Spurs’ academy graduate thrived under Mauricio Pochettino, allowing him to break into the England squad. However, his place in the squad for the European Championships is under threat and his long term club future is now in doubt. The Athletic report that Manchester United and Manchester City are tracking the midfielder.
The former have an eye on a transfer this month, while City would be looking for a summer deal. Tottenham fans will be concerned at this interest, as their problems in central midfield are clear. They have failed to find the right combination of players and it is a position that they would like to strengthen themselves during this month. It would be foolish to sell Winks to a rival at this stage. That said, if he isn’t rated by Mourinho, it could feasibly happen.
Mourinho clearly doesn’t feel that he is the right man for his style. However, the reported interest underlines how highly rated Winks is around the country. His age and his status as an England international makes him the perfect target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Manchester United boss has shown a preference for homegrown players and the Tottenham man could be the answer to their midfield issues.
Although a move to Manchester City may appeal more to Winks. He would get the opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola and he would suit their metronomic style of play. That said, there would be doubts relating to his first team football. Further to this, there would be more appeal to move this month to ensure he keeps his place in the England squad ahead of the summer.