By Danny Wright
Tottenham are willing to meet Schalke’s sky-high valuation of Leon Goretzka, according to a report.
The English version of Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato claims that Spurs are very interested in the 22-year-old midfield ace and are willing to meet the club’s valuation of £25.5million.
He is also on the radar of both Everton and Juventus. It is said that the Merseyside club are also willing to meet the Bundesliga club’s price demands, but Juventus are willing to play the waiting game as Goretzka’s contract at the Veltins Arena expires in 2018.
The Serie A giants will be able to offer the three-time German international a pre-contract in January and attempt to sign him on a free transfer.
Schalke have endured a difficult season in the Bundesliga and a number of their players supposedly want to jump ship with Bosnian news outlet Reprezentacija claiming that Sead Kolasinac has agreed to join Arsenal.
Spurs’ bitter North London rivals were also in the running to sign Goretzka.
A previous report from Calcio Mercato said that the Gunners wanted to snap up the ex-VFL Bochum man but now it appears Everton are the sole Premier League rivals to Tottenham’s pursuit.
German news outfit Bild had reported that Goretzka was rated at £15.7million but that has rocketed now, leaving Tottenham seemingly in charge of his destiny.
Goretzka has made 36 appearances across all competitions for Schalke this season, scoring seven goals and providing three assists.
Football Insider Verdict
If Juventus are willing to play the waiting game for Goretzka then this is the time for Spurs to strike. Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a few different midfielders recently but the Schalke playmaker looks like a really good prospect. Ross Barkley has been touted with a move to White Hart Lane, but it is likely that he will cost even more than his German counterpart. Tottenham need to take themselves to the next level in the summer and signing a squad player for over £25million is a great way to do that. It’s unlikely he will oust any of Spurs’ current midfield players, but if their form wanes or injury kicks in then Goretzka is the perfect back-up plan.
In other Tottenham news, Harry Kane has said what will happen if Spurs beat Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.