Julian Green's meteoric rise from teenage prospect to rising star and, perhaps, World Cup debutant for the US national team has suddenly thrust him into the crosshairs of the English tabloids.
According to London-based outlet Metro, English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to pay Bayern Munich £5 million ($8.39 million) for the winger, who turns 19 on Friday.
This is despite the fact that the Bayern reserve standout has yet to make a league appearance for the Bundesliga champions and has earned just two caps for the USMNT, both substitute runouts in friendlies. He did, however, make his senior-team debut for the Bavarians with a cameo appearance in last season's UEFA Champions League campaign.
Metro claims that new Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has had his eye on Green for some time and is eager to make the dual national – the Tampa, Fla.-born son of an American serviceman and German mother – his first signing.
“Pochettino had the winger watched at youth level during his time at Southampton, and after being installed as Spurs’ new boss, he is ready to launch a £5 million bid,” writes Metro, which also contends that Green wants a move away from Munich so he can earn more first-team playing time.
Tottenham finished in sixth place in the 2013-14 EPL standings.