If you were wondering when silly season starts, it appears to have been yesterday. Whilst the entire year now has a steady supply of nonsense transfer rumours, things have noticeably picked up this week. There's a hunger that some transfers are completed before Euro 2016, to give the players chance to concentrate on the tournament, and to give clubs gold stars for getting business done early.
Bayern Munich have already shown the way forward by signing up Renato Sanches and Mats Hummels, probably getting their biggest transfers of the summer done before others really warm up. According to German magazine SportBild, Tottenham are at work too, and their eyes are on the Bundesliga.
SportBild claim Tottenham are working on a deal to sign Wolfsburg's Andre Schurrle, but if that's from previous English claims, which isn't stated, then it would weaken the chance slightly.
Daniel Levy and Spurs are also said to be vying with Borussia Monchengladbach to sign Jannik Vestergaard from Werder Bremen. SportBild clearly rate the 23 year old Danish international highly, but being a central defender it has to be wondered how much Tottenham would really need him.
A price for Vestergaard is put at around €15m, Schurrle would obviously be quite a bit higher.
The original English reports claiming Tottenham interest in the former Chelsea player stated Schurrle is unsettled at Wolfsburg. But that really doesn't seem to be the case, he's happy in his personal life and most problems on the pitch have been down to a long standing physical issue.
In October we covered an interview Schurrle gave to SportBild, in which the German international explained: “I have a deformity, which affects my muscles. It makes them stiffen more easily. The muscles in my buttocks and thigh have repeatedly blocked, which is partly due to a vertebral problem in the back.
“Because of the stiffening, I could no longer perform certain movements without pain and couldn’t sprint.”
Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt was put to work and 'a series of injections and targeted chiropractic exercises' are hoped to have got Schurrle back on the right track.