In recent comments cited by BuliNews, the Borussia Monchengladbach winger revealed that he has not yet agreed to sign a new deal with the Bundesliga outfit, as the club’s failure to capture Lucien Favre as their new manager has left him concerned about the direction in which Gladbach are heading.
This is sure to come as a huge boost to Fabio Paratici and Tottenham, with reports last month revealing that the Italian has been in regular contact with Gladbach sporting director Roland Virkus concerning a move for the Germany international, whose current contract at Borussia Park is set to expire next June.
Regarding putting pen to paper on a new deal with Monchengladbach, Hofmann said: “The timing just isn’t right at this moment. I can only hope that the [coaching] issue is resolved quickly so that everyone can start planning. An answer would simplify the situation for the club, the players, and everyone involved.”
The forward then added in relation to his telephone conversations with Virkus about a new contract: “It’s important to me that, when I have conversations, I look my counterpart in the eye. Discussing such things over the phone is not my style.”
Considering just how impressive Hofmann was for Gladbach this season, and with it being reported that the winger could be available to sign for as little as €22m (£19m), the fact that he seems to have given Paratici the green light to make a move for him this summer is undoubtedly fantastic news for Spurs.
Indeed, over his 26 Bundesliga appearances in 2021/22, the £14.4m-rated talent was in breathtaking form, scoring 12 goals, registering five assists and creating six big chances for his team-mates, along with taking 2.1 shots and making 2.7 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £53k-per-week forward – who can also operate from defensive, central, left, right and attacking midfield, as well as on either flank – average a quite sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.41. That ranked him not only as Monchengladbach’s best performer in the league but also as the fifth-best player in the German top flight, behind only Joshua Kimmich, Erling Haaland, Christopher Nkunku and Robert Lewandowski.
Furthermore, considering his hugely impressive positional versatility, his clear eye for goal and his ability to play a defence-splitting pass, it would very much appear as if Hofmann is a player in the mould of Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham’s January signing who scored five goals and provided eight assists over his 18 Premier League appearances this season.
As such, should the 29-year-old – who Hansi Flick claimed has “enormous quality” – indeed be available for just £19m this summer, it would seem advisable for Paratici to do everything possible to get a deal over the line for the German forward, as Hofmann could well prove to be the sporting director’s next Kulusevski-type discovery in the transfer market.