FC Porto Winger Christian Atsu has been looking for an exit from the Portuguese club for quite a while now, and the Premier League has always been an attraction for the Ghanaian International, with top clubs like Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur interested in his services.
Atsu, who has only a year remaining on his current contract is keen on a move to England. He should be available on a cut price deal as a result of his contractual situation. Even if the Porto hierarchy opts against selling the youngster on a cut price deal, then he can also move to his preferred destination after a year. This will leave Porto's hands tied and at the moment Liverpool and Tottenham are trying to make the best use of this situation.
Even though Liverpool fans claims that Spurs are trying to poach another target from their grasps, it's not true in this case. Atsu has been a long-term target of Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, after the duo worked together in Porto's successful campaign few seasons back.
Spurs have rekindled their interest recently to bolster their options wide. Welsh wizard Gareth Bale's future is in doubt following Real Madrid's interest. Atsu cannot be expected to replace a player of Bale's calibre, still acquiring Atsu early can put them in good stead in the market.
Even if Bale doesn't make a move, Atsu won't mind doing a bit part role with the manager who gave him his big break in European football. It won't make much difference, as he is facing a lack of playing time in Porto as part of the club's tough stance on the player. With AVB around, Atsu has a realistic chance of fulfilling his potential.
The 21-year-old has stalled on a new contract and has been trying hard to push his way out of Portugal for some time now. As a result, his game time has reduced and one cannot expect him to be on top of his playing abilities soon. But the youngster has age and talent on his side, and we can expect him to bolster into a devastating winger in the future. That is the main reason why Premier League clubs Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are chasing his signature.
Both clubs enjoy a similar stature now in England. Liverpool have declined from their high standards while Tottenham are showing signs that they want those glory nights back in North London after a long gap. If we take the recent transfer windows into account, Spurs enjoy a slight upper hand over their Merseyside rivals, who are in a rebuilding process.
Atsu might find Tottenham more attractive because of their playing style and their late supremacy over Liverpool. A known manager like AVB will also be a decisive factor in this potential transfer.
Liverpool might be a traditional powerhouse, but the balance is slowly shifting as seen in the case of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey. Are we going to witness the same with Christian Atsu?
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