The Bayern Munich attacker has been linked with a move to Spurs.
Germany's Mario Gotze celebrates with the trophy
Recent reports - by the likes of the Mirror - have claimed that Spurs are leading the race for Mario Gotze and if a deal can be pulled off it might well be the coup of the summer.
With Daniel Levy at the helm, Tottenham have become renowned for shrewd transfer business and the signing of Victor Wanyama and the seemingly imminent arrival of Vincent Janssen show the club is still managing to find value for money despite crazy market conditions.
Alexis Sanchez fights for the ball with Victor Wanyama
Yet if the club’s signings under Pochettino are looked at closely a trend starts to emerge. Aside from Toby Alderweireld, none of the club’s recent signings have been expected to go straight into the first-team.
From Ben Davies to Kieran Tripper and Clinton N’Jie to Heung-Min Son the focus has been on increasing squad depth rather than directly improving the first-team. Even Wanyama – as good as he has been for Southampton – will be serving as back-up to Eric Dier and now that the squad is sufficiently strong, Spurs need to up the ante.
If the rumours surrounding Gotze are true then it’s a sign that Pochettino has recognised that the priority now has to be directly improving the first-team.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
The 24-year old ticks all the boxes and would expect to establish himself as one of the three attacking midfielders behind Kane sooner rather than later.
While the link initially seems to verge on the far-fetched side of the spectrum, closer analysis suggests it actually makes sense.
Gotze is in the final year of his contract with Bayern, meaning his fee wouldn’t be astronomical, and he has struggled to make an impact at the Allianz Arena since his move from Dortmund in 2013
The signing of young starlet Renato Sanchez adds further depth to a team that already boasts the likes of Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa in the attacking midfield area, making it highly unlikely Gotze finds a way into the first XI.
He is used to the high press, having played under both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, so would be able to hit the ground running in Pochettino’s system and the Lilywhites now also have Champions League football to tempt him with.
Competition for his signature will undoubtedly be high but the point of qualifying for the Champions League is to push on to the next level and Spurs need to target the likes of Mario Gotze if they are to achieve that.
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