Tottenham would reportedly need to pay £45m (€50m) if they want to lure Marcel Sabitzer away from RB Leipzig.
Sabitzer is believed to be near the top of Jose Mourinho’s transfer wish-list with the Spurs boss keen to strengthen his side this summer.
It is unclear when the transfer window will open with football in England currently postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mourinho is keen to strengthen throughout his squad with midfield a key point.
Austrian international Sabitzer has impressed with Leipzig but German outlet Bild claim the Bundesliga club want at least €50m for the 26-year-old.
He has scored eight goals in 25 league games this season, double what he managed in the previous campaign.
Sabitzer netted twice in Leipzig’s Champions League last-16 triumph over Spurs, showing Mourinho exactly what he can do.
The midfielder had said: “Last season, I was missing a little bit of calmness in front of goal. I’ve got that back.”
Mourinho had been left frustrated following the January transfer window, when he was desperate to sign a new striker following the injury to Harry Kane.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss had said: “I cannot hide. If I say it’s easy to play three competitions without a striker, I’m going to lie. I cannot lie.
“But if it’s not possible, it’s not possible. For me the great thing is that we’re all together on this in the club.
“There’s nobody to blame.
“We don’t want a striker to just help us now. We want a striker to be good for our future, possibly to play with Harry Kane together in the future.
“And with the difficulties of the market, it was very, very difficult to find [one].
“In this moment, are we going to have a problem [at centre-forward]? Yes, we are going to have a problem. But that’s the way it is.”