Exclusive – A large number of Premier League teams are interested in Schalke’s US striker Matthew Hoppe. More than half of the league is vying for his signature this summer.
Hoppe already drew attention to himself with his outstanding form for Schalke last season and underlined his progress with a good Gold Cup season, which culminated on Monday with the victory over Mexico in the USMNT trophy.
Hoppe in action at the Gold Cup / Chuck Burton / Getty Images
The 20-year-old scored six goals in just 15 league starts in 2020/21, but when Schalke was relegated from the Bundesliga it was unsuccessful. It was their failure to stay in the top German league, which means the striker will likely leave as the Royal Blues try to bolster their finances.
90min revealed in February that Hoppe has been followed by Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, and it goes without saying that they are all interested, but they have been followed by Everton, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Brighton, Norwich AND Brentford.
A source told 90min that Schalke could charge less than £ 10 million for Hoppe due to its financial plight and the initial fee could even be half, which explains the great interest in a player who is considered a real prospect.
Clubs in Italy, Spain, France and Germany are also watching him, but moving to England seems the most likely scenario at the moment. It is believed that some of the Premier League clubs would even be happy if Hoppe stayed with Schalke on loan or sent him elsewhere.
The US international signed up for the Bundesliga back in January and scored a breathtaking 21-minute hat trick in the 4-0 win over Hoffenheim – one of only four league wins for the Royal Blues in the entire season.
Not one, but TWO? S! ?
A wonderful hat trick from 19 year old Matthew Hoppe to end Schalke’s winless streak. ?? pic.twitter.com/ZLzAr4dVEW
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 9, 2021
Hoppe came through Schalke’s youth system upon arriving in 2019, having previously worked at LA Galaxy and a Barcelona academy in Arizona.