Tottenham Hotspur are ready to rival to Chelsea in the pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann this summer.
According to Kicker, Jonas Hofmann’s days at Borussia Monchengladbach could be numbered. The midfielder has been strongly linked with a move away from Germany, with Chelsea among many other top European clubs reportedly interested in his services this summer.
The Blues, though, are now set to face stiff competition from league rivals Tottenham Hotspur, in the pursuit of Hofmann. The player’s value remains unknown while he also does not have a release clause embedded in his Gladbach contract that expires in 2023.
A product of the Hoffenheim youth academy, Hofmann used to be a former member of the Borussia Dortmund side that was managed by Thomas Tuchel. The current Chelsea coach, though, didn’t offer him too many first-team opportunities, even shipping him off to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.
His view of the midfielder, though, must have changed considerably over the past few years, following his breakthrough at Gladbach. Although the former BVB starlet was a first-team regular with the Foals under Marco Rose, he ha enjoyed the season of his career in the 2020/21 campaign, impressing the onlookers with his versatility and creativity.
Indeed, Hofmann was involved in 17 goals in 24 Bundesliga matches this past season, earning his call-up to the German national team for the upcoming Euros.
It has, no doubt, put Chelsea on red alert, as the Blues look to add more reinforcements in the creative department. Hofmann’s ability to play in the right midfield, as well as the central midfield and number ten roles, should make him a particularly appealing target for Tuchel.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are apparently keen on Hofmann as well, as they look to find a more versatile and reliable alternative to the likes of Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura in the attack. The fact that the German can also operate in central midfield could be even more useful for the Lilywhites, who are still without a manager after sacking Jose Mourinho in April.
It could be detrimental for them, though, in the pursuit of Hofmann, who is much more likely to prefer a move to Chelsea, where he can not only reunite with Tuchel but also play alongside national teammates including Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
The Gladbach midfielder is not the only Bundesliga star Chelsea are keen on either, with the Blues also eyeing a swoop for Wolfsburg’s defensive ace Maxence Lacroix.
The Frenchman, though, could be a difficult target as Wolfsburg are playing in the UEFA Champions League next season, unlike Gladbach who are not even playing in the UEFA Conference League, missing out on the seventh spot to Union Berlin.