Victor Wanyama has told Tottenham Hotspur that he wants a bumper new contract after understanding Manchester United and Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing him. Both United and Liverpool are in dire need of midfield reinforcements in summer.
The Red Devils are set to see veteran star Michael Carrick depart at the end of the season and join Jose Mourinho’s backroom next year.
Carrick has been a pivotal figure since joining United in 2006 from Spurs and has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League and Fifa Club World Cup at Old Trafford. He has rarely featured this season, after experiencing an irregular heart rhythm in September.
Come the end of this campaign, it would mean the end of Carrick’s illustrious career at Old Trafford. It would take a top midfielder to replace the boots of the former England international in the summer. While Carrick is set to retire, Marouane Fellaini is likely to leave the club after turning down a new deal at the start of the season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool could admit defeat in their hopes of tying down Emre Can to a long-term deal at the club. The German is out of contract in the summer and has so far shown no appetite for extending his deal with the Reds. He is wanted by a number of top European clubs, including Juventus and Real Madrid.
Therefore, both United and Liverpool are set to battle for Victor Wanyama, as per the Mirror. The 26-year-old joined Tottenham in 2016 from Southampton and is now two years into his five-year £70,000-a-week deal.
The Kenyan is considered as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League. However, he has found it tough to break back into the Tottenham first eleven since returning from injury.
But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a keen admirer of the Kenyan international and would not want to lose him to an English rival. That could see Pochettino speak with chairman Daniel Levy to secure the midfielder’s future at the club by offering him a lucrative contract.
The report adds that Wanyama has asked the Spurs board to offer him a brand new contract after understanding United and Liverpool are interested in acquiring his services. Wanyama has been an important player for Spurs and by no means, Levy would sell the star midfielder in summer.