Many people were surprised that Tottenham Hotspur gave Chelsea a free run at Ross Barkley this month.
Spurs had been long-term admirers of the 24-year-old midfielder, who was out of contract at Everton at the end of the season and thus only cost the Blues a paltry £15m, according to The London Evening Standard.
But according to The Standard, Spurs did not challenge their London rivals for Barkley’s signature because manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that better alternatives will be available at the end of the season.
Could that mean that Tottenham will revisit their interest in Schalke 04 youngster Max Meyer? As The Sun reports, Spurs first tried to sign the 22-year-old back in 2016, but could not strike a deal with the Bundesliga side.
Schalke will not be able to get in Tottenham’s way again come the summer, with Meyer’s contract in Gelsenkirchen due to expire, and therefore Spurs have a second opportunity to bag themselves a midfield bargain.
Meyer has reinvented himself as a deep-lying playmaker, which means he could be the eventual Mousa Dembele replacement that Spurs need, and still provide much-needed creative competition for Christian Eriksen.
The German is yet to register a goal or an assist in the Bundesliga this season, but Dembele’s numbers have never been impressive and that has not stopped him from being an influential figure at Spurs over recent years.
Meyer has notched 25 times in 50 appearances for Germany across all international teams and age groups, so clearly has an eye for goal even if his productivity has taken a knock with his change in position this campaign.
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