Tottenham reportedly interested in Mainz’s Jean-Philippe Mateta

Recent reports from Italy have credited Premier League outfit Tottenham with an interest in Jean Philippe Mateta.

Who is Jean-Philippe Mateta?

Mateta, born in Sevran, began his footballing career in France with LB Chateauroux.

The forward then eventually made the move to Olympique Lyon in 2016.

But after just a short spell with the French powerhouse, the now 23-year-old was eventually sold to German outfit Mainz for a fee believed to be around £7.2m.

The France under-21 international has since gone on to enjoy a fairly prolific stint in Germany.

All told, Mateta has notched 63 appearances across all competitions for Jan-Moritz Lichte’s side. In said ties, he has scored 27 and assisted five.

It is this season, though, in which Mateta has been the most prolific.

With just nine outings under his belt, the hitman has already managed to notch an impressive 10 goals and one assist for Die Nullfünfer.

Tottenham reportedly interested in Mainz’s Jean-Philippe Mateta

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate Carlos Vinicius after his sides second goal came from a own goal by Andres Andrade of LASK (not pictured) during the UEFA Europa League Group J stage match between Tottenham Hotspur and LASK at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 22, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

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And it is this impressive form which will no doubt have played a role in Mateta recently being linked with some top sides.

According to a recent report from Italian outlet Calciomercato, both Napoli and Tottenham ‘think of’ Mateta.

The report doesn’t offer any further details. But given his age, current form and the fact he is contracted to the German side until 2023, you would imagine Mateta wouldn’t exactly come cheap.

And this begs the question, do Tottenham really need to be in the market for another centre-forward?

Spurs recently secured the services of Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan from Benfica.

The Brazilian is yet to open his account for Tottenham, but has looked decent in the few ties he has played.

The only negative for the Lilywhites when it comes to Vinicius is that their option to buy the hitman is believed to stand at just over £40m.

This may prompt Spurs to look elsewhere next summer, but as mentioned above, if Mateta keeps up his current goalscoring exploits throughout 2020/21, it is hard to see Mainz letting him go for cheap.

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