Reports in Germany suggest that Tottenham Hotspur have made a bid for a new centre-back ahead of the summer transfer window…
That’s according to Sport Bild, who claimed that Daniel Levy and the Spurs hierarchy have already submitted an offer to Borussia Monchengladbach for their German defender Matthias Ginter.
However, it is reported that they will face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool, as well as RB Leipzig and Inter Milan.
The 27-year-old, who is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, isn’t likely to make a decision on his future until after the European Championship this summer.
It is no secret that Spurs will make the addition of a new central defender their top priority this summer, regardless of who takes the dugout next season.
Defensive mistakes and blunders have been the defining theme of their disastrous season and ultimately it was a huge factor in Jose Mourinho losing his job, as they were set up to defend when the players weren’t capable of doing so.
Alasdair Gold at football.london believes the north Londoners will try to sign two centre-backs, in which one will fit the profile of being a leader. This is where Ginter could fit in, having been compared to one of the game’s greats in Sergio Ramos.
Speaking to Sky Germany (via Bundesliga.com), World Cup and Ballon d’Or winner Lothar Matthaus showered the 6 foot 2 colossus in praise as he said:
“Ginter has become a leader at the back, in a similar way to Ramos at Real [Madrid]. He doesn’t just give instructions to his teammates but leads them as well. That’s what Ginter is doing really well at the moment. He reminds me of Ramos.”
The 37-time Germany international has been one of Gladbach’s most consistent performers this season, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.91 along with 3.6 clearances and a squad-high 2.7 aerial duels won.
His ability with the ball at his feet is another appealing attribute, with the towering centre-back managing to record a passing accuracy just shy of 85% despite averaging the most passes per game in the team (69.3), as per WhoScored.
Which is exactly what Ramos is renowned for.
National team head coach Joachim Low believes the Gladbach beast is “a bit underrated.” He added: “Ginter is solid and has a very good first ball out of defence. He’s also improved defensively and is calm and reliable. You know what to expect, which is important for a coach.”
Whilst Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has previously claimed that Ginter is “one of Germany’s strongest, most versatile and talented young players” and went onto describe him as “formidable.”
Indeed, the 27-year-old’s ability to play at right-back makes him even more attractive to Spurs, especially as that has been a problem position for the past 18 months – if not longer.
If Levy wants to deliver a defensive leader for his next manager, they shouldn’t look much further than Ginter, who – on the above evidence – has the skillset required to thrive in the Premier League.