Tottenham: £38m move plotted for German; Isco latest; Zaha attention turned to Newcastle star
Tottenham have had a quiet transfer window, only signing two new faces in the two months previous, but they look set for a busy deadline day, with several big names being linked to the club as they prepare for their first Champions League campaign for five years.
Deals for Pau Lopez and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou have been rumbling on for a long time, but have still yet to be finalised. A loan move with a view to buy for Espanyol ‘keeper Lopez is important thanks to injury from Hugo Lloris, whereas a move for N’Koudou, which looked to be finished as long as six weeks ago, really depends on the situation at his current club Marseille.
However, when considering other rumours regarding Spurs on deadline day, it suggests that the move for N’Koudou may be off the table, as Spurs have been linked with a number of attacking, creative players.
The first of these names to be linked is Schalke’s 20-year-old superstar in the making Max Meyer, who would apparently be available to leave if an offer of around £38 million CAM in for his services.
Meyer is one of the most exciting talents in the Bundesliga, scoring five goals and assisting a further eight last season as he fully settled in as one of Schalke’s star men. The youngster has been on Olympic duty with Germany this summer, winning a silver medal, and formed a dangerous attacking midfield alongside Manchester City new boy Leroy Sane last season.
Meyer plays in the same sort of style as Christian Eriksen in terms the quality of his deliveries into the box, but has the added qualities of having plenty of pace and the ability to run with the ball at speed.
Although £38 million would be a very expensive deal, Spurs would be making a real statement by securing the services of one of the most highly rated young talents in world football. This could be a very astute signing for Spurs.
Meyer is not the only big name Spurs have been linked to in the conclusion of the transfer window, though, and the North London club are rumoured to be the preferred destination of Real Madrid midfielder Isco, should he depart the eleven time European Champions.
Isco; who has been an important part of the Real Madrid squad, if not a regular starter since he joined from Malaga three years ago, has been linked with an exit as Zinedine Zidane needs to trim his squad ahead of the new season.
The complication with the deal is that Spurs wish to take the 24-year-old on loan, but Real Madrid will only contemplate a permanent switch for the talented midfielder.
However, if Spurs are willing to spend £38 million on Meyer, it is possible that they may have the funds to secure Isco if the transfer for the German doesn’t go through.
Crystal Palace wanted a fee similar to the £25 million Everton spent on Yannick Bolasie to consider the sale of Zaha, and Tottenham have decided that the Englishman is not worth the fee, which is probably sensible considering that he would likely come in as a squad player.
Spurs had a £15 million bid rejected for Zaha, and have decided to launch a bid for the same amount for Sissoko instead. Although Newcastle said they wanted £35 million for the star of the Euros, it is possible that if Spurs up their offer slightly, this deal could go through.
Despite a torrid season with Newcastle last term, Sissoko’s performances for France in the Euros, particularly in the final where he was the best player on the pitch, have shown his ability to perform at the highest level. His high energy style and powerful running with the ball would fit him in well at Tottenham, whilst adding something different as he drives at defenders. A good signing, if Spurs can pull it off for the right price.
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