Yesterday we examined the likelihood of Mario Gotze’s rumoured transfer to Spurs and came to the conclusion that while possible, it seemed a little unlikely.
Yet fresh news from The Independent has offered some hope. They claim that Bayern Munich are only looking for £20m for Gotze, with the 24-year old’s contract expiring in the summer.
Such a valuation – at a time when the club are being quoted £25m for Georginio Wijnaldum – makes Gotze not just affordable, but a bargain.
As we discussed yesterday, to merely match Gotze’s salary would break the wage structure of the club, but this is of course a more realistic option if the transfer fee is relatively low.
If Tottenham are going to have any chance of hanging on to highly-coveted stars like Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane in the long-term, then they will eventually have to pay the going rate for players of their quality. Gotze’s signing could set these wheels in motion.
Bayern are certainly looking to offload the player, with Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge having this to say on Gotze’s future:
“We made everything clear to Mario.
“He knows what the club thinks and he knows what the future coach thinks. Mario has to consider for himself whether he wants to constantly get minutes.”
What’s clear is this. If Bayern are willing to let Gotze go for just £20m, it won’t be long before someone pays them what they want. Whether Spurs decided to be that club will tell us a lot about their ambition.