Reports from Germany claim that Spurs are one of two clubs interested in signing Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich.
Bild have reported that Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund lead the way to sign Gotze, who has told colleagues in the Germany squad that he will be leaving Munich this summer.
They claim that while a return to Dortmund is possible, the likelier scenario is that Gotze will move to White Hart Lane, with Spurs having made contact with Gotze in the last few days.
So could there be any truth in these rumours? The club are certainly looking to recruit an attacking midfielder but Gotze is in a different league to some of the names that have been mentioned such as Georginio Wijnaldum.
That said, with Newcastle valuing Wijnaldum at £25m, perhaps it would make sense to spend a bit more to land a player who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.
Still only 24-years old, Gotze moved to Bayern in a £31.5m move back in 2013. Though his time at Munich has not been a huge success, it’s likely that his valuation will have increased a little since then – especially if it’s an English club that makes an enquiry.
Tottenham would have to break their transfer record to land Gotze, but with the club yet to unload anyone this summer the money could be raised. The likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Federico Fazio, Ryan Mason and DeAndre Yedlin have been linked with moves away and could help to finance any deal for Gotze.
The major problem would seem to be paying Gotze’s salary. He is said to earn €140,000-a-week at Bayern. Just to match that would make him the highest player at the club and our senior stars such as Hugo Lloris would surely be looking for a similar figure when it came to their own contract negotiations.
Signing Gotze – as wonderful an idea as it is – would mean that the club would have to change the tight wage structure of recent years. At a time when a new stadium is being built, you have to question how realistic that is. Fingers are tightly crossed but we don’t recommend that anyone should hold their breath on this one.