Mainz value Jean-Paul Boetius at a bargain £4.5 million with Leeds United interested in the fleet-footed winger, according to BuliNews.
With Crystal Palace turning to Michy Batshuayi and Tottenham putting all their eggs in Carlos Vinicius’s basket, Mainz fans can breathe an almighty sigh of relief after a nightmare start to the 2020/21 season.
Jean-Phillipe Mateta, the club’s star striker, is now very likely to still be leading the line at the Opel Arena beyond Monday’s transfer deadline, according to sporting director Rouwen Schroder (Kicker).
Crisis-hit Mainz, who have had to deal with strikes off the pitch and terrible results on it recently, sacked coach Armin Bierlorzer after a 4-1 thumping at home to newly-promoted Stuttgart deepened a growing crisis.
So retaining Mateta feels like a much-needed boost at precisely the perfect time.
No one connected with the ‘05ers’ can afford to relax just yet, however. There is still Premier League interest in another of their key players.
BILD reported in August that Dutch winger Boetius is a target for Fulham and Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s side could now step up their interest with deals for Ryan Kent and Gyrano Kerk stalling.
At just £4.5 million, a creative and versatile forward who produced four goals and five Bundesliga assists last season, would come far cheaper than a pair of speed-machines who have enjoyed electrifying starts to the campaign with Rangers and Utrecht respectively.
Boetius, a former Feyenoord and Basel winger, ticks a lot of boxes for Bielsa.
Not only is he capable of playing the kind of high-octane attacking football Leeds have made their trademark, he can also flit between an array of forward positions with ease.
The Whites have missed out on another Bundesliga forward this week in Bayern Munich’s Michael Cuisance, however.
Leeds United summer transfers 2020
Wolves (£16 million)
Lorient (£5 million)
Manchester City (Loan)
Wigan (£1 million)
Valencia (£26 million)
Freiburg (£13 million)
Feyenoord (£1 million)
Real Sociedad (£18 million)
Rennes (£21 million)