Raphael Honigstein who is a reliable source when it comes to German football has said that Tottenham could potentially make a move for Stuttgart striker Nicolas Gonzalez.
Gonzalez propelled himself into the limelight with his performances for Stuttgart in the German second tier last season after he netted 15 goals and played a crucial role in helping the club win promotion back to the Bundesliga.
The striker has taken that form into the top-flight this season, having already netted six times and provided two assists in 11 league games so far (transfermarkt).
The Athletic’s David Ornstein had claimed earlier this month that Tottenham had begun talks with Stuttgart over a deal for the forward and suggested that the Bundesliga club were willing to let him leave for around €30million (£26.8million).
When speculation regarding Tottenham’s interest in the Stuttgart man was put to Jose Mourinho, the Spurs boss insisted that he has not held any discussions regarding the Argentine with anyone.
However, Honigstein has suggested that there could potentially be interest in the striker from the North London club.
When asked about Tottenham’s rumoured pursuit of Gonzalez, the journalist told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk Podcast: “He’s a wonderful player, Stuttgart under Sven Mislinstat, who was, of course, the technical director at Arsenal for a while, have collected some really young, exciting players, Gonzalez is one of them.
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“There will be interest for him, Stuttgart having just come up to the Bundesliga will not be in a position to say under no circumstances will these players leave, but you’d have to make it worth their while.
“So, it’s a possibility, but I also don’t know if Mislintat being a former Gunner will charge them extra for that type of deal just to throw a spanner in the works, but that’s just my personal speculation.”
Mislintat was naturally joking about the prospect of charging Spurs extra due to his links with Arsenal.
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Perhaps, Gonzalez is one of several young talents our scouting and recruitment department have an eye on as he certainly fits the bill in terms of the profile of player we go for. However, with Mourinho revealing that he has had no discussions regarding the 22-year-old, it is clear that talks have not progressed to any significant stage.