By Danny Wright
Tottenham have cooled their interest in Schalke’s Max Meyer, according to a report.
The Mirror reports that Spurs are likely to give up on their long-term target, who has been labelled the ‘German Dele Alli’.
Meyer has been in a contract dispute with his Schalke employers and was quoted by the Mirror as recently admitting that “there have been no further talks” in regards to him securing a new deal at the Veltins Arena.
The Sun had reported in December that Spurs wanted to bring Meyer to White Hart Lane last summer and were still interested in the January transfer window.
However, because Meyer prefers the position Alli plays in, it has been reported that Spurs have cooled on the German star.
It is claimed that Everton’s Ross Barkley has now emerged as Pochettino’s top midfield target for the summer.
A move to Merseyside seems more likely for Meyer as Tottenham’s Premier League rivals Liverpool and Everton have both emerged as leading contenders to snap up the attacking midfielder who has been heavily scouted by Jurgen Klopp.
According to Calcio Mercato, Meyer isn’t the only young German midfielder linked with a move away from Gelsenkirchen as Leon Goretzka is on the shortlist of both Spurs and bitter north London rivals Arsenal.
Schalke have had a poor showing in the Bundesliga and look set to miss out on qualifying for Europe next season.
Football Insider Verdict
Meyer might be long admired by Pochettino, but with Alli firing as one of the best players in the PL, it makes sense that Spurs would be cooling on the German. Interestingly though, this could free the road up for Everton to make a move. And that, in turn, could lead to Ross Barkley making the move up to north London. Barkley might be having a better season at Everton but he’s still not lived up to his impressive talent. Under Pochettino at Spurs, he could finally become the finished product – and Spurs would add another string to their impressive attacking bow.
In other Tottenham news, the club have reportedly sealed a stunning £350million deal.