By Will Butcher
Tottenham have twice met with the father of Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze, according to a report.
German newspaper Bild claim Spurs have stolen a march on their rivals as Gotze’s father Jurgen has met with Spurs’ representatives twice during Euro 2016 to talk about a potential transfer to White Hart Lane.
Speculation has linked the 24-year-old with a move to Liverpool, which would see the World Cup winner work with manager Jurgen Klopp for a second time. Reports have also suggested a return to Borussia Dortmund is on the cards.
But Tottenham are firmly in the race to land one of Europe’s most in-demand young forwards.
The German international has had a difficult season at the Allianz Arena, after severely injuring his hamstring, which ruled him out for six months between October 2015 and March 2016.
The former Dortmund playmaker soldiered on to make 14 Bundesliga appearances for the German Champions, but has refused to sign a new deal with just 12 months remaining on his current contract.
Bayern are looking to cash in on Gotze and have made him available at a cut-price £20million according to The Independent. Europe’s elite have been circling, but manager Mauricio Pochettino seems to be in pole position for the attacking midfielder.
Since joining Bayern in 2013, Gotze has scored 33 goals in 107 appearances in all competitions but has struggled to make a major impact and his time at the Allianz is coming to an end.
The lure of Champions League football, and the new TV rights deal which would allow Spurs to tempt Gotze with a huge pay packet could entice him enough to sign for the North London side.
Spurs are on the cusp of signing AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen, and have signed Victor Wanyama from Southampton for a reported £12million.
In other Spurs news, Inter Milan have lined up a sensational offer to bring this winger back to Serie A.