According to Bild, Tottenham are interested in Robin Quaison and have contacted Mainz 05 to enquire about his availability. The 26-year-old is coming off the back of his most prolific season, but he’s in the last year of his deal at the Opel Arena, so Mainz may have to cash in this summer rather than risk losing Quaison for nothing next year.
Would Quaison improve the squad?
Yes, based on last season. The Swedish international scored 13 goals and made two assists in 33 games. Quaison hadn’t been prolific for Mainz prior to that – 11 appearances, one goal (2016/17), 26 appearances, four goals, one assist (2017/18), 30 appearances, nine goals, four assists (2018/19) – so he’d still be a gamble for Tottenham.
Quaison’s best form has come in the previous 12 months. He’s created 28 chances, made 44/66 successful dribbles, taken 71 shots with 39% hitting the target, won 34 free-kicks, made 11 interceptions and made 25 tackles, as per WhoScored.
How much could he cost?
Quaison’s market value with Transfermarkt is £9.45m while his market value with CIES Football Observatory is €10m-€15m (£9m-£13.6m). And as per Transfermarkt, Mainz have only sold four players for more than £10m – Yunus Malli (£11.25m to Vfl Wolfsburg), John Cordoba (£15.3m to FC Koln), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (£22.5m to Everton), Abdou Diallo (£25.2m to Borussia Dortmund).
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused our revenue to drop sharply, so we’ll have to sell players to generate funds this summer – Danny Rose, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Moussa Sissoko may be deemed expendable. Despite having scored three times more goals (13) than Mainz’s second-highest scorer (Levin Öztunali – 4, Jean-Paul Boëtius – 4, Pierre Kunde Malong – 4, Karim Onisiwo – 4), Quaison may not break the bank.
His valuation is low, Mainz don’t tend to sell their best assets for big money and the striker’s contract expiring in 2021 could help facilitate a transfer.
There could be legs in this if Tottenham are interested. Mainz were hopeful of Quaison signing a new deal back in February but no progress has been made. As of July, Mainz are still reticent to sell the striker, but they’d surely prefer to make some money back given their finances took a battering due to the Covid-19 pandemic.