Bild have reported that Mario Gotze will return to Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich in a £19m deal.
Gotze had been linked to a shock move to Spurs in recent weeks, with the club at one point rumoured to be favourites to land the German international.
However, in recent days this speculation has cooled. Though the fee of £19m is something of a bargain for the 24-year old, Gotze’s salary of €140,000-a-week was always likely to be the stumbling block in any potential deal, with that figure exceeding what’s paid to the biggest earners at Tottenham.
Spurs will now turn their attention fully to other attacking midfield targets such as Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum and the Mainz star Yunus Malli.