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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder who is a childhood Arsenal fan

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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a move for Sporting Lisbon’s midfielder, Morten Hjulmand, who is reportedly a childhood Arsenal fan.

Hjulmand, a devoted Gunners fan since his youth, proudly bears the Arsenal crest tattooed on his left arm. His fondness for the Gunners was nurtured by his father, and his football idol is none other than Patrick Vieira, the legendary captain who led Arsenal’s Invincibles to the Premier League title in 2004.

In a candid admission to Portuguese outlet Record, the 24-year-old disclosed, “My dad supported Arsenal, and we watched games together when we were younger.” Despite these allegiances, Hjulmand has caught the attention of Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou, who is keen on restructuring the midfield by offloading players like Oliver Skipp and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.

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Scouts from Tottenham were recently present at the first leg of the Portuguese Cup between Sporting and Benfica, where Hjulmand showcased his skills in Sporting’s 2-1 victory. The Danish midfielder, signed from Serie A side Lecce for £15.4 million last summer, has quickly become a key player under Sporting’s manager Ruben Amorim.

Known for their astute market dealings, Sporting Lisbon are open to selling Hjulmand for the right fee. The club demonstrated this approach last summer when they allowed Manuel Ugarte to join PSG, generating a substantial €60 million (£51 million) from the transfer.

Should Hjulmand make the move to Tottenham, he would join a list of players with Arsenal ties who have played for the North London rivals. Notably, Harry Kane, Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer, was once photographed in an Arsenal kit during his childhood, creating a stir on social media.

Over the years, several players have crossed the North London divide, with the likes of Sol Campbell, William Gallas, and Emmanuel Adebayor making moves between Arsenal and Tottenham.

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