Tottenham Hotspur are in the market for another attacking midfielder this summer, and they might have gotten a boost from German powerhouse Bayern Munich. According to Bild, the Bundesliga champions are ready to offload attacking midfielder Douglas Costa to make room for future purchases.
Spurs have been nominally linked to Costa going all the way back to 2014 when he was still playing at Shakhtar. While he hasn’t been the superstar many predicted he’d be when he joined Bayern, he’s still a heck of a talent, and would be the pacy left sided winger that Mauricio Pochettino has seemed to want for a couple of years now but hasn’t really been able to develop.
Bild’s reporting doesn’t list Spurs as a suitor — Juventus, United, City, and PSG are noted — but the Independent does, which could be a thing or it could be wish-casting. Either way, if Spurs aren’t looking at Costa as an option this summer they totally should be.
Nabbing Costa would be a pretty nifty signing for a club like Spurs but would almost certainly be the end of the road for Clinton N’Jie, still improbably a Tottenham Hotspur player, and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. Costa, 27, scored seven goals and dished out 9 assists in just under 2000 minutes with Bayern last season.
Bild reckons it would take a bid of around £30m to get him, which is expensive, but less so in the context of last season’s purchase of Moussa Sissoko. And before you say “but he wasn’t successful at Bayern,” he’s still extremely good at football, and not quite cutting it at one of the best clubs in the world isn’t necessarily a black mark on a player’s ability. I’d take Costa in a heartbeat.
Bild also notes that Renato Sanches, the break-out for Portugal in the 2016 World Cup, could also be offloaded, and notes interest from Inter Milan, Manchester United, Juventus, Monaco, and Marseille. Sanches hasn’t made the impact that was expected of him at Bayern, playing only 903 minutes in 25 games in all competitions this season, without scoring or creating an assist. However, he’s a young, talented central midfielder who could be an excellent future Mousa Dembele replacement.
Again, Spurs aren’t listed in the list of Sanches targets, but he seems like a Pochettino reclamation project, and would cost about the same as Costa. Tottenham signing either one would be pretty exciting. Come on, Daniel Levy, let’s do this.