Arsenal and Man Utd’s transfer hopes could rest on the future of Lewis Holtby
Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has been strongly linked with a move to the Bundesliga this month, having fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, but his choice of destination could have a big effect on the transfer aspirations of both Arsenal and Manchester United.
German newspaper ‘Bild’ has reported today that Borussia Dortmund are very interested in the 23-year-old, and could make a €6m bid this month.
Following the news that Jakub Blaszczykowski is out for the rest of the season through injury, Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp appears to be in the market for a replacement, and Holtby’s name is near the top of a very short list of candidates.
Interestingly, Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this month, and with Holtby able to play in a host of different midfield positions, the Spurs man’s arrival at the Westfalenstadion could be the catalyst for Gundogan’s departure.
It has been widely reported over this month that Holtby’s former club Schalke 04 are also keen to bring in the attacker, and his ex-teammates have admitted that they would like to have him back,
“Holtby would help us,” Klaas-Jan Huntelaar told ‘Bild’.
“He can play nearly every position in midfield. Lewis has quality, and Schalke can always use that.”
Schalke skipper Benedikt Hoewedes added: “He is a good player. If it fits for both sides, he would certainly help us.”
Schalke also have a certain young attacker by the name of Julian Draxler. The jewel in the crown at the Veltins-Arena; Arsenal are reportedly desperate to prise him away this month.
If Holtby makes a return to Schalke, either on loan or permanently, it could just be the tipping point that sends the 20-year-old into the hands of the Gunners. Adept at playing in the attacking midfield role, Holtby’s versatility is a highly desirable trait, and one that could see him play a lead role in the climax of the transfer window.
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