Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly lining up a move for Florian Neuhaus as an alternative for Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic this summer.
According to a report from Spanish publication Fichajes, Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on Borussia Monchengladbach and Germany midfielder Florian Neuhaus as an alternative to Barcelona misfit Miralem Pjanic.
The Lilywhites have been pursuing the transfer of Pjanic for a while now. New manager Nuno Espirito Santo wanted to pair up the Barcelona outcast in the double pivot alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the 4-2-3-1 formation as he felt Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele were more suited to advanced roles, as per the report.
However, Pjanic, after a torrid year in Barcelona, is on his way back to former club Juventus, with a move said to be in the works. This has seemingly forced Tottenham to look for alternatives, with Gladbach’s Florian Neuhaus now emerging as an option.
A product of the 1860 Munich youth academy, Neuhaus moved to Borussia Park in 2017. After a loan spell with Fortuna Dusseldorf, the 24-year-old has steadily grown in stature with Gladbach, establishing himself as one of the top-performing central midfielders in Bundesliga over the past couple of years.
Neuhaus enjoyed a memorable 2020/21 season on a personal level, as he finished with a tally of eight goals and eight assists each from 45 matches across all competitions. The 24-year-old’s performances have put him on the radars of several top clubs in England and Europe, with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool among the clubs interested.
Tottenham, too, have now entered the fray to sign Neuhaus, as they deem him a more affordable option than someone like Declan Rice of West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves, despite the German international’s contract with Gladbach running till the summer of 2024.
A new midfielder would come in handy for Tottenham considering that Moussa Sissoko is into his thirties and may well be offloaded this summer while Harry Winks has also been out of favour and linked with an exit.
While Oliver Skipp is back from an impressive loan spell with Norwich City last time out, this will still be his first full year in the Premier League and Spurs would benefit in the long run by not putting him under pressure. As a result, adding an established name like Neuhaus could work very well for Nuno & co. as they look to challenge for a top-four finish again after an underwhelming last season.