Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring the progress of Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter, per Sky Sports.
Spurs are aware of the need to recruit a new centre-back in the summer and are reported to have scouted Ginter ahead of a potential move in the next transfer window.
Of course, Spurs have not signed a player in the past two windows, with their last acquisition being Lucas Moura from PSG in January of 2018.
Ginter, though, could be the man to end that streak, despite rival interest from Arsenal.
The potential consequences of the move are wide-ranging, as Football FanCast explains below…
Spurs triggered an extension in Toby Alderweireld’s contract earlier this season, which, in theory, ties him to the club until 2020.
However, the deal contains a clause that allows the Belgium international to leave the club if an offer of £25million is tabled this summer.
That seems to be something of a bargain in the current transfer market, and would surely be a blow for Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy, with prices inflated across the board.
But signing Ginter would go a long way to quelling any potential fan rebellion from his departure, and would clear a path for his exit to be completed.
The Germany international would not be an immediate upgrade on Alderweireld, but he could soon become just as important.
Davinson Sanchez has emerged as one of the finest Premier League centre-backs since his move to Spurs in summer 2018.
He did not come cheap, costing a club-record £42m, but he has excelled under Pochettino’s guidance.
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Sanchez has already made 65 appearances for Spurs and, with 31-year-old Jan Vertonghen approaching the twilight of his career, it would be of little surprise to see the Colombia international partnered with Ginter on a regular basis.
The pair have the ability to forge a defensive partnership that could last for over a decade and, again, smooth over the phasing out of Vertonghen from the regular starting XI.
Snatching Ginter from under Arsenal’s nose would be something of a coup for Spurs, who have endured two transfer windows of inactivity.
There have been plenty of links with players of British origin – James Maddison of Leicester City, Bournemouth’s David Brooks, Leeds United’s Jack Clarke and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen have all been touted as potential targets by The Mirror – but Ginter could prove to be the first of many acquisitions this summer.
Pochettino finally appears ready to overhaul his squad and inject some youthful vigour, which could also pave the way for some summer departures.
Signing Ginter as a long-term defensive reinforcement could well prove to be the first brick in a wall of signings this summer as Spurs prepare for their first full season at the new White Hart Lane.
After all, if they are to stay competitive, the club have to invest.