Tottenham Hotspur arguably possess the most complete midfield in the Premier League, the steel of Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele complemented by the vision of Christian Eriksen, the goals of Dele Alli and the vertical, driving runs of Heung-Min Son.
And, according to Sport, that may have played a part in Spurs deciding against challenging Wolfsburg for Turkish playmaker Yunus Malli, an understated star of the Bundesliga over the last three seasons and a January addition at the Volkswagen Arena.
The 25-year-old has endured a slow start to life with the 2009 Bundesliga champions, producing one assist and no goals in his first nine games. However, his role as the creative king of Mainz, including a tally of 17 goals for the club since the start of 2015/16, had initially led to reports of interest from Tottenham among others.
And though Malli admits that Spurs had made an approach in the past but claims that there was a lack of alternative destinations in January – resulting in him remaining in Germany with Wolfsburg.
“Yes, that’s true [that Tottenham made an approach in the past],” Malli, who helped Mainz qualify for the Europa League last season, said in quotes reported by Sport.
“In recent years, [bigger] clubs have shown interest. This is not the case now. This shows me that I am still far from such top clubs. Wolfsburg is therefore a great opportunity.”
"I did not have any offers from the top clubs in Europe, so I was not able to choose the top club I am going to. I wanted to stay in the Bundesliga. VfL Wolfsburg were was concerned about me and the interest was concrete."
Therefore, it’s clear that if Malli wants to put himself back on the radar of Champions League clubs, he will need to perform far better than he has done at the Volkswagen Arena thus far.