Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer window has thus far been fairly low key, with most of the targets linked mainly options to bulk out the squad for the upcoming Champions League campaign, as opposed to adding real star quality to the team. However, that has all now changed as Spurs have reportedly joined Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign Germany forward Mario Götze.
Götze, alongside Paul Pogba, has been one of the big names involved in transfer sagas this summer, but it seemed for all the world that he would either be remaining at the Allianz Arena or joining up with his former manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. However, Mauricio Pochettino has seemingly shown his interest in bringing Götze to White Hart Lane, in what could be a sensational transfer for the North London side.
The 24-year-old has struggled with competition for places at Bayern in the last couple of seasons, and Tottenham could be the perfect place for him to resurrect his career. Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented players of his generation, and a national hero after his winning goal in the World Cup final, Götze combines excellent skill with hard work into a package that makes him a very desirable player to have.
He has the sort of star quality which would scare opposition defenders, and would fit neatly into Spurs’ system. The prospect of Christian Eriksen and Götze combining behind Harry Kane is a fairly frightening one, and would certainly give Tottenham a Champions League quality front-line.
Whilst a potential move for Götze is a new development for Spurs, their move for Vincent Janssen has been rumbling on for a number of weeks now. Thankfully, the move appears to be drawing closer, as Spurs close in on a £17 million transfer.
Tottenham’s move for Janssen is born out of a need to add to their attacking ranks, which currently features Harry Kane, with Clinton N’Jie and Son Hyeung-Min as satisfactory, but not stunning back-ups. With 27 goals in his first top flight year in the Netherlands last time out, it would appear that Janssen has a poacher’s instinct. Nevertheless, at £17 million, Spurs would be taking somewhat of a risk for a player who has only played one season in the Eredivisie.
He would certainly be a decent back-up to Kane, but he is unlikely to break into the first team straight away. The transfer is one that needs to be made, but it could be a costly one for Spurs.
Elsewhere, another Tottenham target may be beyond their reach, after Crystal Palace slapped a £28 million price tag on Yannick Bolasie, who had been linked with Spurs and West Ham. Bolasie, 27, is Palace’s most exciting player as an explosive winger with a powerful shot who terrifies the life out of defenders.
Alan Pardew’s signing of Andros Townsend for Newcastle had given a few clubs the thought that Bolasie may have been available for transfer, but the price tag placed on the Congolese winger is probably high enough to put off any potential suitors. Bolasie would be a luxury rather than an integral part of any Tottenham squad for the upcoming season, and it is unlikely that Spurs will shell out that much money on a player as hit and miss as Bolasie.
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