The footballing world is enjoying the influx of international football this summer with the Copa America Centenario already underway in the Americas while Europe is gearing up for Euro 2016. However, if there's one thing we have all learned as Spurs supporters is that transfers rumors don't take a back seat to anyone, even if they're the craziest of the bat country rumors.
Today's late-breaking rumor is regarding AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen. However, this comes to us from The Mirror, so start backing up the sodium truck while you're reading.
According to the article, the 21-year-old winner of the golden boot in the Eredivisie is poised to make the jump to England and sees Tottenham as his club of choice. His quotations about making the jump, though, are general ones and do not specifically mention Tottenham.
“I can look back on a great season. For me to score so many goals and get in the Holland team and also to score against England at Wembley makes it the best football year of my life.
I am ready for a big step up. To be realistic the big Dutch clubs cannot afford me. That's not because of my wages, it's the transfer fee.”
The fee reported is around £12m, but the real question is where are The Mirror getting the information? We look no further than Pochettino being spotted at the Netherlands-Ireland friendly where it was reported that he was scouting Shane Long. In other words, we have no clue who is actually to be believed.
The Mirror aren't the only group to get involved with this, though. Telegraaf in Netherlands are now reporting that not only are talks being held, but Janssen and his group have made the trip to London to discuss the actual plans for the Dutch striker if he were to come to White Hart Lane.
De Londense topclub, die in de slotrace om het kampioenschap van Engeland net niet in staat was om Leicester City bij te benen, heeft de miljoenen in huis die ze in Alkmaar verlangen (vraagprijs 15 miljoen euro) voor de tweebenige en veel scorende centrumspits.
Janssen beleefde het afgelopen seizoen zijn definitieve doorbraak. Na zijn overstap van Almere City naar AZ kende hij een moeilijke beginfase, maar met name na de winterstop maakte de 21-jarige goaltjesdief indruk.
Uiteindelijk stokte de doelpuntenteller in de eredivisie bij 27 doelpunten. Daarmee kroonde de AZ-spits zich tot topscorer. Het leverde hem bovendien de Zilveren Schoen op. Die moest hij echter wel delen met Feyenoord-doelman Kenneth Vermeer.
The Google machine translates the article about how The Mirror has reported this as well: €15m transfer fee, which roughly comes out to the £12m fee from earlier.
Vincent Janssen tore the Eredivisie apart this season, scoring 27 goals in 34 appearances for AZ Alkmaar, who managed to finish fourth in the table behind PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, and Feyenoord. Janssen thinks that there's nothing left for him to prove and it's time to make the jump. He's been linked to moves across Europe, including Bilbao, Lyon, Liverpool, and Arsenal. Listed at 5'11", 175, Janssen is a decent sized target with good skill and a nose for the goal. The highlight reel below should give you an idea of what he can do. Pay special notice to about 1:43 on the video where he and a teammate basically head the ball to each other back and forth before he scores. (Video credit to ScoutNationHD)
Spurs reportedly still have Michy Batshuayi as their top target, but the asking price of £31m is going to be tough to get over. While I never doubt Levy when it comes to negotiations, Pochettino appears to have set his sights on Janssen as a viable option. Whether or not this is a case of this-or-that remains to be seen, but if Batshuayi deal ends up falling apart, Janssen looks as though he is capable of backing up Harry Kane.
The rumor itself is hard to gauge. This isn't quite bat country, as Janssen's quotes make it sound like he's a player who is ready for the next challenge. Has he actually visited London and had talks with Spurs? There's enough smoke here that there may be a fire, but there's no real way to know how in tune Telegraaf are with actual rumors and we all know where The Mirror falls on the Bat Country scale.
For now, take this with a truckload of salt and wait to hear from someone more credible. Janssen could be a solid signing, but don't hold your breath for now.