When asked by Italian website Calciomercato.com about a rumour linking the player with a move to Serie A side Sampdoria, Reggiani denied the speculation but he did confirm there had been offers from both the Gunners and Spurs:
“I see him more in the Premier League, he’s a player I would definitely invest in, because he still has a relatively affordable figure, about €10m. I wouldn’t think twice. The only problem, as I know, is that both Arsenal and Tottenham have already made concrete offers. I think at the moment with Sampdoria there is no history for the player.”
Now 22, Engels has begun to establish himself as a regular first team member despite a number of injuries hampering his game time. So far he has not made an appearance for the Belgian national side, but he has been capped at Under 21 level.
Signing the defender would likely be an investment for the future by either Arsenal or Tottenham but it remains to been which team Engels would favour if in fact the bids have been made.