Tottenham Hotspur have been credited with an interest in French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta this week.
As reported in Sport-Bild and relayed by Foot Mercato, it was suggested that Mauricio Pochettino had even been in touch with the player’s agent regarding a potential move to Tottenham. The report also claims interest from Southampton and RB Leipzig. They suggested a bid in excess of €30 million (£25.9m) would see Mainz sell.
However, that claim has now been rubbished by the Mainz striker’s sporting director.
Rouven Schroder has told local paper Main-Spitze that there is absolutely no truth to the rumor and that Mateta is going nowhere.
“There is definitely no contact at the moment and no interest from England. JP (Jean-Philippe) feels very well in Mainz and therefore extended his contract until 2023.
“A change will definitely not be the winter transfer period, so switching can be clearly ruled out. So there’s no point talking about ominous valuations that did not and does not exist.”
You can understand why Tottenham might be interested in Mateta. The 22-year-old frontman would provide much-needed cover in attack for Harry Kane and fits the profile of a Tottenham signing.
Tottenham have been linked with the player before and he has demonstrated excellent form since his move to Germany.
In June, it was reported by L’Equipe that both Everton and Newcastle United, among others, had failed in bids for the player and that he was being valued at £35 million, a fee Tottenham might be able to afford for a player with long-term potential.
So whilst it seems unlikely anything will be happening in January regarding Mateta, Tottenham fans should undoubtedly keep his name in mind going forward.