Tottenham are making contingency plans for if Rafael Van der Vaart decides to leave the club this summer by lining up a move for Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez, a target for Liverpool and Manchester City, according to Bild.
Van der Vaart has been linked with a move back to the Bundesliga for family reasons, with Schalke said to be leading the race for his signature.
While the Dutchman has expressed a desire to remain with Spurs he admitted his future is in the balance, and now Tottenham are said to be preparing themselves for his exit by lining up a replacement.
Ramirez has attracted attention from some of the Premier League’s leading clubs, with Liverpool linked with the talented youngster during the January transfer window.
Manchester City are also said to be in the hunt for his signature, with his agent Pablo Betancourt last week suggesting that the Citizens, along with Liverpool and a host of other European clubs, would have to meet Bologna’s demand of ’25 million euros’.
Betancourt also revealed last week that the Uruguayan is also a target for Wolfsburg and Zenit St Petersburg.
Now Spurs are set to join both Manchester City and Liverpool in the race for the highly rated 21-year-old according to German newspaper Bild.
Ramirez is under contract with Bologna until June 2016 meaning Spurs may have to double the £10 million that would receive should Van der Vaart decide to leave White Hart Lane – although Bild reports an offer of €17 million may be enough.
Liverpool’s interest is said to have not been affected by the uncertainty surrounding who would be the club’s next manager before Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers took up the role.
While the Reds are reportedly keen on Ramirez it is unlikely they will be willing to fork out upwards of £20 million for him given their lavish spending over the last 18 months, with the club’s owners keen on low cost signings this summer to help balance the books.