Tottenham were joined by north London rivals Arsenal in jetting out to conduct a scouting mission for German midfielder Max Meyer in Schalke’s 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, according to a report.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim on their website that the Lilywhites and the Gunners were among a host of European sides, including Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, in monitoring the 22-year-old’s performance, although it is stated that they may have been disappointed after he endured a frustrating 89 minutes.
Dubbed the new Toni Kroos by the report, Meyer is a versatile midfielder who can play anywhere through the centre of the park, and has established himself as a regular at Schalke since breaking through the youth ranks, with 190 appearances under his belt.
He also has four caps for Germany to his name, but despite his impressive reputation he is set to be available for a bargain price in the summer as a result of his contractual situation, with his current deal set to expire in the summer.
Football Insider verdict
Everything about Meyer’s situation weighs in favour of the buying club, but that could prove the biggest stumbling block if Spurs or Arsenal are really keen to make a move. With Schalke as yet unable to tie him down to a new contract, and his performances attracting some of the biggest hitting names in world football, can either north London side convince him to make the move there instead of to another European heavyweight? Spurs probably have the best chance considering their Champions League and Premier League performances this season, although the Gunners might just use their financial clout to get what they want.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club also jetted out on a mission for a £35million-rated enforcer.