In Focus: Tottenham target Max Meyer would be a £17.5m bargain

According to reports in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to make a £17.5m bid for Schalke attacking midfielder and long-term target Max Meyer this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun report that the 21-year-old looks set to be sold by the Bundesliga outfit this summer as he has refused to extend his current deal, which has just one year remaining on it.

That is news that will have sparked the interest of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is a huge admirer of the young German – who is currently featuring for his country at the European Under-21 Championships.

The north London outfit were quoted £39m for the attacker when they wanted him last summer according to The Sun, but they believe they can get him for less than half of that before the start of next season.

How did Meyer do last season?

The 21-year-old struggled to make the same impression that he had made in previous seasons, but perhaps that was down to the speculation over his future and the fact that he was criticised by former manager Markus Weinzierl.

He ended the campaign with just two goals and five assists in 39 appearances in all competitions, but perhaps it is better to see how he did the previous year.

The young German netted six and provided a further 10 assists in the 2015/16 campaign, while he has scored once in four caps for the senior national team.

Why do Tottenham want him?

There is no doubt that Meyer has huge potential – he put his name further into spotlight by scoring his nation’s opening goal in their European Under-21 Championship group game against the Czech Republic earlier this week.

Spurs have shown in previous seasons that their policy is to sign young players that they can develop and whose value will increase – as we have seen with the likes of Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama – and the 21-year-old could be the latest addition.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, if Tottenham can bring a highly-rated player like Meyer to the Premier League for just £17.5m considering some of the other prices that are being thrown around right now, then they simply have to get the deal done in order to boost their squad for next season.