In Focus: Tottenham move for Ginter proves their transfer window prowess

According to reports in The Independent, Tottenham Hotspur are said to be lining up a summer move for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Matthias Ginter.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly set to reshuffle his backline this summer with Kyle Walker rumoured to be on his way to Manchester City and the futures of Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld far from certain, and he is said to be keen on Ginter.

The 23-year-old Germany international could be available for around £15m this summer if new Dortmund manager Peter Bosz decides he can go this summer, but the north London outfit could face competition for his signature from Hoffenheim.

How did Ginter do this season?

The defender has become something of a regular for the Bundesliga giants over the course of the last two campaigns having joined them from Freiburg in 2014, and he made 42 appearances in all competitions this term as he became a mainstay in the side under Thomas Tuchel.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

The fact that he was part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad and has been a regular for Dortmund over the course of the past two seasons certainly looks to make him a bargain at £15m, especially when you consider Southampton are demanding at least four times that amount for Virgil van Dijk this summer.

While he is a strong centre-back, the 23-year-old is also able to play at right-back and in defensive midfield if required and that versatility could be an attractive trait for Pochettino.

Would he be a starter?

If Spurs were playing four at the back and Alderweireld stays at the club this summer, it would be hard to see Ginter break the strong partnership between him and Jan Vertonghem which has served the north London outfit so well over the course of the last two seasons.

Where he could be handy though is when Pochettion chooses to play a three-man defence – as he did in the closing stages of the campaign – as Ginter could line alongside the Belgian duo to allow Eric Dier to take up his preferred position in midfield.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, if Spurs do lose one or two of their key defenders this summer there is no doubt that Pochettino will need to strengthen his backline, and at £15m there won’t be many better options on the market than Ginter.


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