In Focus: Tottenham must try and pay less than £30m for Max Meyer

According to reports in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a £30m summer move for Schalke attacking midfielder Max Meyer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun say Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was keen on a move for the Germany Under-21 international – who is currently featuring for his country at the European Under-21 Championships in Poland – last summer, but he was put off by the £45m price tag on his head.

However, Meyer now has just a year left on his contract and according to German publication Bild, the Bundesliga outfit have accepted that he won’t sign a new contract and are ready to put him up for sale for £30m – it remains to be seen whether Tottenham will believe that is good value for money.

Why does Meyer want to leave?

The Sun report the attacker is keen to depart Schalke with the Gelsenkirchen-based outfit not taking part in European competition next term following a 10th-placed finish in the Bundesliga.

He would certainly be attracted by the prospect of joining Tottenham considering they will participate in the group stages of the Champions League next season.

How did Meyer do last season?

It wasn’t the most impressive campaign from the 21-year-old, and perhaps he was affected by rumours regarding his future.

The attacking midfielder ended the season with two goals and a further five assists in 39 appearances in all competitions.

Meyer’s 2015/16 campaign was certainly more stand-out, as he netted six goals and provided a further 10 assists in 41 outings in all competitions for Schalke.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

While his stats last term may not have been too impressive, Meyer has shown during his short career that he has great potential and Spurs may be hoping they can shape that if they bring the young German to England.

The 21-year-old would likely be going up against Dele Alli for a spot in the starting line-up as he is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder or secondary striker, and he would certainly boost Pochettino’s attacking options considering they could be missing both Erik Lamela and Son Heung-Min at the start of next season because of injury.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while Tottenham’s interest in Meyer certainly looks to be genuine, whether they are willing to pay a £30m fee considering the player has just a year left on his contract remains to be seen.