If Tottenham Hotspur fans were left uncertain by reports suggesting that they could make a move for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Matthias Ginter this summer, his performances for Germany at the Confederations Cup this summer have made it abundantly clear what Mauricio Pochettino sees in the young defender.
The 23-year-old was in fine form as Joachim Low’s experimental XI thrashed Mexico 4-1 on Thursday to reach the final on Sunday against Chile. Frequently in the right place at the right time, Ginter produced one of the finest defensive displays of the tournament against a Mexican side who threatened far more than the lopsided scoreline suggests.
Borussia Dortmund's Matthias Ginter started 26 Bundesliga games last season
Ginter has hardly been the most consistent presence since moving to Dortmund from Freiburg in 2014 but he is still young and has plenty of time to iron out a tendency to lose concentration in vital moments.
And with The Sun claiming last month that Spurs have made a £15 million bid, the 2014 World Cup winner could follow in the footsteps of so many at White Hart Lane and take his game to a new level under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.
According to Bild, a transfer is now looking increasingly likely. The report claims that new Dortmund coach Peter Bosz, who replaced Thomas Tuchel at the helm after leading a youthful Ajax to the Europa League final, is planning for life without Ginter at the Signal Iduna Park.
The arrival of Omer Toprak from Bayer Leverkusen means they have a ready made replacement at hand.
And Bild add that Ginter wants to play in Europe to catch the eye of Low ahead of the Russia World Cup next summer. Needless to say, this gives a Spurs side preparing for Champions League football a huge advantage over Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Foals finished ninth in the Bundesliga last year.
It looks like Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen may have some competition next season.