Another day, another Tottenham Hotspur-linked player deciding to go elsewhere. Today, German newspaper Kicker is reporting that Dortmund and Germany defender Matthias Ginter is set to snub interest from Spurs and will sign with Borussia Monchengladbach instead. The transfer fee is reportedly just €15m.
We’ve written about Ginter before when the links between Dortmund and Spurs were fresh early last month. Ginter is fresh off of a run to the Confederations Cup championship with Germany and is a 23-year old center back who can also play defensive midfield, making him an attractive prospect in a Mauricio Pochettino multipositional system.
However, Dortmund fans are not as enamored with him as Poch was. Ginter had been described to us as “Dortmund’s Moussa Sissoko,” a gaffe machine and the weak spot in BVB’s back line the past few seasons, and our friends at Fear the Wall were ready to see the back of him.
Kicker is the more reliable source of the two main German sports-reporting newspapers, so I don’t doubt this in the slightest. This might end up being a bit of a litmus test for Spurs fandom: you’ll either respond to this with a shrug, or you’ll see it as an indictment of Tottenham’s completely underwhelming transfer window thus far this summer. Personally, I’m not entirely impressed with Ginter at Tottenham as anything other than a depth or rotational option, but I’m starting to get worried that Spurs aren’t going to really sign anyone this summer that can improve or challenge the starting XI.