FC Schalke have told Tottenham Hotspur there is no guarantee they will be signing Lewis Holtby this January and they are within their rights to do so.
Lewis Holtby signed a pre-contractual agreement that he would move to Spurs at the end of the season.
New reports have suggested that Spurs are trying to push the deal through so Andre Villas-Boas has a higher number of midfield options.
Schalke have effused, suggesting that Spurs need to pay their full asking price if they want the deal to go through and they are right to do so.
They are right to do so because they have lost one of their best players to the North London club, a player who was the heart beat of their side both on and off the pitch.
There may even be a little bit of resentment in Schalke’s neglect to let a deal go through now but they are being perfectly reasonable in expecting Holtby to play for them over the rest of the season.
Furthermore, there is nothing written or defined legally which says Schalke have to let Holtby leave by the end of the month.
“Tottenham have made an offer, which was not acceptable, therefore it was rejected. The transfer window is still open and Lewis has not become any cheaper,” said Schalke boss Horst Heldt.
This news doesn’t mean that the option to sign Holtby this month is off the table, all it means is that Spurs need to come up with a large amount of cash and pay what the German side are asking. It's reported to be less than £2 million.
It’s a very important second half of the season for Tottenham as they look to defend fourth place in the race for the Champions League.
If AVB needs a bit of cover in midfield then the club may have no option but to pay for Holtby now who would come in and solidify the midfield and attacking options at the club.
The player has also failed to state he has the intention of leaving his current club this month, insisting that he will stay and fight for the side over the rest of the season. Would you give up the chance to play in the Champions League knockout rounds?
Do you think Schalke or Spurs are being unreasonable?
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