For very different reasons, both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur may be in need of a new left-back sooner rather than later.
On the blue half of Merseyside, Leighton Baines is not getting any younger and, while his attacking influence has started to wane, injuries have also began to set in.
While at Spurs, the similarly talismanic Danny Rose is facing a very uncertain future after falling out of favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino – not helped by that ill-advised decision to complain to The Sun about his club’s transfer policy.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough season with the Bundesliga high-flyers and has tallied seven assists in 15 games from left-back. A wonderful crosser and a set-piece master, no one has set up more goals in Germany’s top flight than Max this season.
And according to The Mail, Everton and Spurs are both monitoring the buccaneering leftie, as are Manchester United and Liverpool.
And whoever wins the race will sign one of the most creative left-backs in the game, not to mention an improving young player capable of nailing down that Germany number three jersey for the next few years.
Max is under contract until 2022 so it will take a hefty offer to tempt Augsburg into a sale, with the report suggesting his price tag is soaring. But if Everton or Spurs are to replace full-backs as influential as Baines and Rose, they should have no qualms about paying top dollar.
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