Matthias Ginter did not have a very good season this year for Borussia Dortmund. He was consistently the weak link in their defense, and had a few moments of horror that BVB fans won’t soon forget.
But that hasn’t stopped other clubs from being interested in his services. According to The Guardian, Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur are “weighing up” a move for the center back.
Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for the Borussia Dortmund and Germany centre-half Matthias Ginter. The 23-year-old is a target for Hoffenheim, who value him at around €17m (£14.8m) and need a replacement for Niklas Süle, who has joined Bayern Munich for €20m. Tottenham, though, could step in with a counter-offer.
Mauricio Pochettino was interested in Ginter last summer and the Tottenham manager admires him for his tactical flexibility and comfort on the ball. Pochettino has spoken on numerous occasions about how Tottenham must be smart in the transfer market, as they cannot compete in financial terms with their rivals at the top of the Premier League, and Ginter could turn out to be a value signing.
The Guardian report comes from David Hytner, who is considered very reliable for news on Spurs. Ginter also makes sense as an addition to Pochettino’s current system of playing 3 CBs. Former Koln CB Kevin Wimmer could leave the club, which would create an opening for Ginter’s arrival.
Hoffenheim’s interest has been reported for a while, and the report says that Ginter is still on their wish list. Sule has gone to Bayern, so the deal would make sense from their perspective too.
Dortmund are not as low on depth in defense as they have been in the past. Ömer Toprak’s arrival from Leverkusen would probably significantly impact the amount of playing time Ginter would receive next season under Peter Bosz. And clearly Ginter is already below Sokratis and Marc Bartra on the depth chart.
He was a very promising player just a few years ago, but he hasn’t developed as Dortmund might have thought he would. But Ginter’s wealth of experience, for such a young player, should mean that BVB will get a decent fee in return for him...Especially if he goes to Tottenham.