We won't bid, but we should (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
So let's get this straight. Tottenham Hotspur want to buy Joe Cole, Scott Parker, Craig Bellamy and the Prince of Wales, but €35 million is the number being tossed around for Mario Götze and Spurs have no interest? Is there no god? Are we that blinded by any sort of a British accent and having fondling Harry may have received from said players a decade ago?
Stepping back from the ledge (kind of), how is Borussia Dortmund willing to sell Götze for only €35 million? He's a 19-year-old wunderkind who has proven himself at a high level, starring for the Bundesliga champions a year ago. It's not that €35 million isn't a lot of money. It is. It's the same price that Barcelona paid for Cesc Fabregas and more than they paid for Alexis Sanchez, but nobody who has watched Götze thinks that it is too much money for the German. He is that good. He is also young enough that it wouldn't be difficult to get five or six top years from him then sell him at that same €35 million price tag or likely even more. In short, €35 million is a bargain.
I have no problem admitting to being the world's biggest Luka Modric fanboy. I adore the guy. Every pass he makes is perfect. Every shot that misses the target is because the goal and/or ball is not regulation sized and someone is conspiring against him. That said, if Götze is really available for €35m, then how do we not sell Luka for the £40 that Chelsea are supposedly prepared to offer then buy Götze?
Spurs could get younger, and frankly, better in two moves. Add in that the team would make a profit and it looks good. They could remove a source of tension at the club and add the type of player who better fits with a team that has no one to finish. As gorgeous a ball as Luka can play, it's to open up Gareth Bale or Rafael van der Vaart or Aaron Lennon so they can pass to a striker who can't finish. Götze gets further forward so he can score or he can pass to Bale or Rafa to finish. Bypass the striker. In the immediate future, that's probably a good idea. Yes, Emmanuel Adebayor is coming in, but he is no savior.
To shell out €35 million would more than double Spurs' record transfer fee so this would be a major step for the club. That said, it's sound from a business side because of the resale value he would have if the club ever wanted to sell him and it's the kind of transformative signing that Spurs have to make if they really want to compete for Champions League spots regularly.
If Spurs sign Götze it is going to cost a lot of money, but they will still be getting a bargain. €35 million in a huge bargain. Especially with the team looking at Harry's boys, Götze looks like a god send. Hell, I would pay €100 million for Götze before I bought Bellamy. Sadly, that's not an exaggeration and even sadder, there's no way in hell Spurs will show the type of ambition and intelligence to even inquire about Götze, let alone actually make a bid.