By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham target Breel Embolo is likely to Basel this summer and head to either the Premier League or the Bundesliga.
That is the verdict of the Swiss club’s sporting director Georg Heitz as he assessed their prospects of hanging on to the highly rated 19-year-old striker.
A well-placed Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Embolo is on the club’s shortlist of striker targets, although he is not considered to be the club’s first choice.
That accolade belongs to Marseille spearhead Michy Batshuayi, who has been extensively scouted by Mauricio Pochettino’s recruitment team this season.
Nevertheless, Embolo is a Spurs target on the back of his performances for club and country since breaking into the Basel team at the age of 16.
“It’s very probable that he’ll leave this summer,” said Heitz, as quoted by Teamtalk. “He’s played for three seasons in our first team and he’s just 19 years old.
“At some point we have to accept that we cannot change our league. The players love our club but realise they have to change their league at some point to develop.
“There are only two countries he could go to: England or Germany.
“I’d recommend him not to make too big a step. He’s intelligent enough to know he needs to go to a place where the coach gives him a chance.”
Embolo has been dubbed Switzerland’s biggest prospect since Xherdan Shaqiri. He scored 13 goals and supplied nine assists in 40 appearances in all competitions for Basel this season and is in the Switzerland squad for the European Championship.
The teenager has already been awarded nine senior caps, scoring one goal, and has struck 31 times in 90 matches for Basel.
Pochettino is keen to beef up the Spurs attack after Harry Kane led the front line virtually singlehandedly in the recently completed domestic campaign.
In other Tottenham transfer news, another White Hart Lane attacker is set to be sold this summer after a decision by Pochettino.