Report: Tottenham, Arsenal linked World Cup winner Howedes has €18m release clause

Tottenham, Arsenal or Manchester United may be able to pay just €18 million to land Benedikt Howedes.

Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes has an €18 million release clause in his contract, report German website Sport1.

The German international was part of Jogi Low's World Cup winning side, almost scoring in the final with his header against Argentina crashing back off the woodwork.

The Mirror reported last week Tottenham Hotspur were keen on signing the versatile 27-year-old to improve their defensive options.

The Independent also claimed earlier this year that rivals Arsenal were eyeing the defender.

Howedes has over the past 12 months made it known he would welcome a new challenge, quoted in The Mirror - who also linked Manchester United - stating he would  be interested in a move to England.

€18 million works out at £12.9 million, a potential bargain for a player of Howedes' experience and quality, and the fact he has a release clause changes the dynamic of any negotiation.

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt admits the lynchpin of their defence may move on, quoted by Sport1: "Bene has played a very long time at Schalke and is now at an age where he will think twice about the next steps in his career."

For any of the Premier League clubs linked, snapping up Howedes is seemingly a no-brainer, should he be convinced to make the move.

Schalke are in fifth place in the Bundesliga at present, 10 points off fourth spot and seemingly set to miss out on Champions League football next season.

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