Tottenham have been made to wait for Max Meyer, but they could now buy the Schalke star for half the price.
The Sun report that when the club enquired about the Germany under-21 international last summer, they were told he would cost £39million.
However, as he will not be signing a new deal, the Bundesliga side could be forced to sell him for just £17.5million.
Spurs are expected to bring in at least one attacking midfielder or forward as they look to boost the supply to Harry Kane.
Mauricio Pochettino had a number of injuries to key players to contend with last season, but he was somewhat fortunate in that Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli spent very little time on the sidelines.
With Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela both likely to miss the start of next season, Spurs’ need is greater than ever.
Meyer, 21, scored just two goals in all competitions last term, but he can also play in central midfield and Pochetino could therefore utilise him in the same role as Moussa Sissoko.