The Summer window closed a little over a month ago and yet Chelsea and Manchester United seem to be getting their business done already for the January window.
Despite their excellent starts in the league and in Europe, it is clear José Mourinho and Antonio Conte feel there are areas in their squad that they can improve as they both look to Tottenham Hotspur for the answer to fill that void.
Tottenham Hotspur had a reputation of being a selling club when the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric left for Spain, yet, rejuvenated under Mauricio Pochettino, they have built a settled team with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Cristian Eriksen all seemingly remaining at Tottenham for a while longer. Therefore, this deal may come as a shock to Tottenham fans as losing a key player to their title rivals may harm them come May.
Seemingly wanting to strengthen at the back, fullback Danny Rose tops the list for Chelsea and Manchester United to help bolster their title challenge domestically, as well as providing extra squad depth to help them on the European stage.
Making his memorable debut in April 2010 with a stunning strike against rivals Arsenal, Rose took his time to solidify his position as Tottenham’s starting left-back with intermittent loan moves to Watford, Peterborough, Bristol City and Sunderland before eventually impressing and getting a regular start for Tottenham.
Currently, Rose and Ben Davies battle to impress Mauricio Pochettino with Rose seemingly becoming the preferred option for the Argentinian. Yet in August, Rose openly criticised Tottenham’s wage policy and ever since has appeared unsettled at the North London club. Chelsea and Manchester United may use this to their advantage as they try and prise the Englishman away from Tottenham with wages being an easy way to tempt Rose.
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