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Tottenham have €12m bid rejected for German prospect

According to Kicker, Leroy Sané will not be leaving Schalke for White Hart Lane.

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News from Germany suggests that Tottenham is indeed mining the Bundesliga for new additions to the side. Sport outlet Kicker is reporting that Spurs have had a bid of €12m rejected for 19-year old Schalke attacker Leroy Sané as the club continues to remake the squad into a younger, leaner, more talented team.

I can't pretend to know too much about Leroy Sané, not watching a whole lot of Bundesliga and not being very familiar with Schalke's youth team. Transfermarkt says he made 13 appearances in the Bundesliga for Schalke, scoring three goals and notching an assist, and made his Champions League debut in Schalke's amazeballs 4-3 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. He ostensibly plays mostly in the hole but can also play as an inside forward or up top. He's also a German U19 international. By all accounts he looks like a solid young player.

Unfortunately, the other piece of information gleaned from the Kicker article is that Sané has apparently renewed his contract with Schalke through 2019. That, plus the rejected bid, probably indicates that Spurs will be looking elsewhere.

Is this the opening salvo from Tottenham's "Germany delegation?" Who knows. There's apparently some Spurs big-wigs in Deutschland looking at Stuttgart's Timo Werner and might take the opportunity to evaluate some other Germany-based targets as well. With luck and time, perhaps further transfer rumor nuggets will slip back to us.