According to a report by SportBild (as relayed by Sport Witness), VfB Stuttgart striker Nicolas Gonzalez, who is rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar has a 50 per cent chance of leaving the club at the end of the season.
Gonzalez was a key reason why Stuttgart won promotional back to the Bundesliga as the striker netted 15 goals for the club in the German second tier last season.
The forward, who is comfortable playing in either flank as well as through the middle, has once again been in impressive form this campaign, having already netted six goals and provided two assists in 13 league appearances so far.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein claimed at the start of January 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 €30m (£26.8m).
SportBild now reveal that the Argentine’s chances of staying at Stuttgart are ’50-50′ despite being contracted to the club until 2024.
Tottenham are mentioned as one of several club’s interested in the 22-year-old’s signature, with Wolfsburg, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund also said to be keen on his services.
It is asserted that the versatile forward has been a long-term target for Spurs.
The report also quotes former Stuttgart director Michael Reschke as saying that it will take an offer upwards of €20m (£17.6m) to price Gonzalez away in the summer.
Reschke said: “I’m very sure that VfB Stuttgart would not even sell for 20 million euros at the moment. He cost around seven million euros and has developed very well.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I do not expect us to take up the option to sign Carlos Vinicius permanently unless Daniel Levy can negotiate with Benfica and bring the striker’s price down. So, it is likely that we will be in the market for a striker in the summer. I suspect Jose will want a tried and tested Premier League forward like Ings but Gonzalez does fit the profile of players Spurs usually go for.
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