Just yesterday here at the Football Transfer Tavern we brought you news of Lewis Holtby’s future and today Sky Sports have even more news on the saga.
The player was of course set to join the London club in the summer after failing to agree a new deal with Schalke, yet after various injuries and suspensions as we all know, Andre Villas-Boas decided to move for the player early. To add even more juice to the story, this was not exactly music to the German side’s ears who have been stalling on attempts by Daniel Levy to land the player.
Now the club have claimed via L’Equipe that: “We didn’t have any news from Tottenham since the first proposition we refused five days ago. But the situation should sort itself out early this week.” Sky Sports claim that the reason for the delay in acceptance from Schalke is the hope that they can increase the bid from Spurs as the situation gets more urgent and then use that money themselves. The German side have been eyeing Lyon midfielder Michel Bastos and need funds in order to make a bid.
Despite the current bid being held as ‘unacceptable’ by the Gelsenkirchen-based side, Schalke are hopeful of a slight increase in funds and will accept what they consider a reasonable offer in turn saving them from losing Holtby on a free in the summer. Goal.com have even claimed that a bid of £1.5 million is set to be accepted by Schalke imminently.