Why Tottenham must be wary of reported Juventus-linked target

Spurs have been linked to 1860 Munich midfielder Julian Weigl - with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund also reportedly keen – but they should beware.

Tottenham Hotspur should approach any potential move for highly-rated German youngster Julian Weigl with caution, given his chequered recent past.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that the north London club were among those keen on completing a deal for the 19-year-old midfielder.

Currently on the books of Bundesliga.2 outfit 1860 Munich, the news provider claimed that the player’s contract with the German club carried a £2.5 million release clause.

A Germany under-20 international, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus had expressed similar interest according to the Mail, with the midfielder seen as one of the next wave of Die Mannschaft stars set to take the game by storm.

But any actual Tottenham interest in the player should be tinged with more than just a little caution.

After all, despite impressing in his time in Germany, there are a number of factors that could put Spurs off the signing.

While the most obvious of these worries should focus on the fact that Weigl’s experience to date amounts to less than two seasons in the German second tier and a handful of youth international appearances, it’s his off the field issues that are all the more worrying.

Named captain of 1860 at the start of the season and becoming the youngest player to receive the armband in the history of the famous club, Weigl’s tenure in the role was short-lived.

Just two games into the campaign, scandal engulfed the youngster and several of his teammates who were caught out late not only drinking, but also speaking negatively about the club.

The Merkur Online and TZ carried the story at the time, with Weigl one of four players to embark on the trip, which came after a heavy 3-0 defeat away from home to Red Bull Leipzig.

Having lost his only two games as captain of 1860 Munich, Weigl found himself stripped of the armband and suspended in an incident that should offer a stark warning to Spurs.

Tottenham fans can no doubt recall the ill-fated and all-too-brief spell Kevin-Prince Boateng endured at White Hart Lane.

Recruited after impressing at Hertha Berlin as a youngster, the midfielder found London life and demands of the Premier League too much to take in at such a young age, playing just 14 times in the English top-flight over two years at the club.

Given Weigl’s track record and Tottenham’s own patchy past, here’s hoping this is one reported bid that remains purely a rumour.

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