By Matt Farr
Tottenham are set to step up their interest in Schalke attacking sensation Max Meyer this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the 21-year-old has told the German club that he will not be signing a new deal, and Tottenham have been alerted to the situation.
Meyer has been a long-term target for Mauricio Pochettino, who tried to bring the winger to the Premier League last summer, but he bulked at Schalke’s staggering £39million asking-price.
However, Meyer could be made available for just a fraction of that price at £17.5million this year, and Pochettino is prepared to strike a deal that could see him finally land his man.
The Tottenham chief is after reinforcements in the wider areas, amid the continued injury status of Erik Lamela, and poor return from Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
Meyer, who has been capped four times by Germany, scored two goals and supplied five assists for Schalke last season as they finished 10th in the Bundesliga.
He was the subject of particular attention from Tottenham scouts at the weekend, when he featured for Germany in their win against Czech Republic at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland,
Meyer, however, is understood to be in no rush to quit the Germany club, despite refusing to sign a new deal, but the club would prefer to cash-on him this summer to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Football Insider verdict
Pochettino was right to concede defeat in the race to sign Meyer last summer, because £39million is an awful lot of money. Unfortunately, his decision to spend £30million on Sissoko instead backfired, and he will be keen to make amends this summer. With Meyer now available at less than half the cost of a potential deal last summer, Pochettino and Tottenham must get their man. He is a highly-rated prospect and future German international star, and he fits the club’s policy. Pochettino has been a vital addition for Tottenham’s young talent in recent seasons, and Meyer would also benefit from his guidance. He can only improve as a footballer so this deal is relatively risk-free.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs are reportedly lining up a five-year offer for this 26-year-old.