Reports from The Sun suggest that Tottenham are preparing themselves ahead of making a £17.5 million bid for Schalke and Germany under-21 midfielder Max Meyer this summer.
It is said that the North London side had chased after the 21-year-old last season – only to be put back by the £39 million asking price over his head – but they could now get their man for half the price.
Meyer has refused to sign a new deal at Bundesliga side Schalke, adding fuel to the fire that a move away from Germany is imminent over the next few weeks, and Tottenham seem set to submit a bid.
What could Meyer bring to an already strong Tottenham midfield?
The immediate question hanging over a prospective move to White Hart Lane is that, with the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela, is there a need for Meyer at the club?
With Spurs not looking at selling any of their regular first-team midfielders over the upcoming window it’s arguable that a move to the Premier League side could prove damaging, should Meyer just sit on the bench. However, it could also prove to be a transfer masterpiece from Mauricio Pochettino.
There’s no doubt that Tottenham already possess a midfield full of high quality players, but it still hasn’t been enough to claim that elusive Premier League title – and this is where Meyer comes in.
At 21 years of age, he has a youthful exuberance and a naivety that has been seen in England’s very own Alli in recent years, and with these two developing together it could lead to interesting times.
After spending his youth years playing futsal, Meyer has developed an exceptionally accurate touch alongside an impressive awareness of the play in the final third, able to think quickly on the ball and be decisive.
His budding confidence with both feet – and in tight scenarios – has lent him well to the German way of football and his natural inclination to drift between the flanks would suit Tottenham’s expansive style.
Add to this his very good sense of balance, his variety of passing and the ability to pose a constant threat to the opposition with his innovative play in their half and he begins to look like a real steal at just shy of £18 million.
At such a young age there is no doubt that there are still areas of his game that need a lot of work, none more so than his lacklustre defending, but Pochettino is certainly the right man to progress his game.
Tottenham seem to have a tendency to struggle at the business end of the campaign, despite their vastly improved recent history; falling short of Chelsea showed a lack of nerve somewhat, whilst their failed European exploits last season showed a glaring need to add reinforcements to their squad for next year.
This is why the young German is perfect for the club: able to come in at a tender age and grow under the management of Pochettino, with the long-term aim of making him a big, future first-team player.