Why Bayern chase for €22m World Cup ace is good for Tottenham

Rumours that Bayern Munich are keen on Antoine Griezmann may seem like bad news to Spurs but it could pave the way for a Xherdan Shaqiri bid.

If Tottenham Hotspur are keen on recruiting a world-class winger before the start of the Premier League season, then they must use Bayern Munich’s interest in Antoine Griezmann to their own advantage.

The Lilywhites are rumoured to be going head-to-head with the Bavarians in the pursuit of the France winger, who has been valued at €22 million by current club Real Sociedad.

That valuation follows a World Cup in which the young attacker largely impressed for Les Bleus, despite failing to get on the scoresheet himself during the national team’s run to the quarter-finals of the competition.

At just 23 years of age, he is also being talked up as the natural successor to Franck Ribery at the Allianz Arena, with those behind the scenes at Bayern keen to build a squad capable of competing at the top level for years to come.

The Basque-based star racked up an impressive 20 goals for La Real last term, including a memorable strike against Lyon in a Champions League qualifier played at the start of the campaign.

And while Tottenham face an uphill task to prise the player away from Bayern, should the Munich club opt to make a move, the deal could yet have an upside for those at White Hart Lane.

With Bayern looking to bolster their wide options, one man who could be left feeling frustrated all over again is Xherdan Shaqiri.

The former Basle winger enjoyed a great World Cup with Switzerland, where he was one of only two players to score a hat-trick and was previously thought to be keen on a move away from Munich after being used mostly as a substitute by Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool were among those thought to be tracking the midfielder, but at the time Bayern moved to rebuff any interest in the player, who is deemed as one for the future.

That situation could change with the arrival of Griezmann though, a signing that could see Shaqiri attempt to force through a move away, with Tottenham among those only too happy to oblige.

Lacking a solid attacking threat on the left since the departure of Gareth Bale, a stint at the north London club could serve the 22-year-old well with the opportunity to play regularly in the Premier League likely to be too good to turn down.

The question now is whether Spurs can play the situation to their advantage.

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