Though it might not quite be the end of transfer activity into Tottenham during this transfer window all the signs point to the three players mentioned joining, they all fit the bill in that have plenty of years left at the top of their profession, are all full Internationals with two of the great International teams and all come at a price within the realms of Tottenham’s ambition at this stage of their growth.
During his brief career as a coach Andre Villas-Boas has spent a full season with just two clubs, Porto and Tottenham. He had his first spell as a coach in Portugal for seven months before taking the Porto job which he was encouraged to leave for Chelsea. The Chelsea appointment was short lived as we know and his reputation took an enormous battering as he became a laughing stock, unfairly of course.
As is often the case there are no sources or quotes to substantiate this article, but it has been arrived at simply because of the obsession shown by Real Madrid, Perez, Zidane and many of the players to in trying tosecure the signing of Gareth Bale. Real Madrid are still being mentioned as possible destinations for the likes of Suarez, who seems almost certain to arrive, Cavani and Isco and to acquire these players would cost probably £40m, £50m and £30m respectively, so there is the likelihood of an enormous outlay already. Gareth Bale is now being quoted at a fee of £85m so in these days of Financial Fair Play regulation just how might Real Madrid fund those purchases and the enormous wages to go with them, selling Higuain won’t bring in much more than the cost of half a Suarez and so it must involve the sale of Ronaldo their prized asset.
The Independent newspaper makes Andre Villas-Boas the favourite and standout choice as coach to PSG for the coming season, he will come with a supposed buyout clause of £10m, which is not a problem to them, and to sweeten the deal they will also buy him Gareth Bale for a world record fee of £85m to clinch his services. This all seems a little extreme as the same report also states that he will probably only hold the position for a season so that Arsene Wenger can be appointed next year when his contract runs out.
It seems that Gareth Bale has managed to register his heart logo surrounding the number eleven, the number of the shirt he plays in. This trademark is set to earn him a further £3m to £10m a year depending upon which article you read from. I would like to believe that this is more conclusive evidence that Gareth Bale is staying with Tottenham our” King of clubs” for the foreseeable future so as to ensure that he takes full advantage of his new trademark.
As the transfer window proper gets ever closer so the number of players linked to Tottenham increases daily, there remain some old favourites from transfer windows past like Damiao and Afellay neither of whom are likely to actually show up at Tottenham next season. Damiao, if he was ever a real target, has had his chance whereas Afellay has been nothing short of disappointing from the day he joined Barcelona even when he was occasionally fit to play.
If Zidane is actually employed by Real Madrid and he is continuing to make such remarks as has been reported today, in that Gareth Bale should hand in a transfer request to force his sale to Madrid, then surely Michel Platini and his crew, the FA and any other football association should be taking action and speaking up against such blatant tapping up. We all know that for the matter to progress it is necessary for Real Madrid to make an offer for the player, should Tottenham then accept that offer or as a result permit Gareth Bale or his advisors to discuss further any terms or conditions relating to any possible transfer they may do so.
Some will remember 1978 for a wonderful World Cup in Argentina when an exciting home side pulled off a sensational triumph, it was also the year of the ticker tape welcome for Argentina as they walked onto the field of play. 1978 for Tottenham fans was also the year when the club was promoted from the old second division following a year in exile from division 1, but perhaps equally important and as exciting was the transfer coup that Tottenham pulled off by signing 2 World Cup winners Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa. I was there when they made their entrance at Nottingham Forest and was stunned by the amount of travelling support for that first fixture. Nottingham was lit up by Sombreros and the ticker tape entrance afforded the Tottenham team.
The Confederation Cup starts this evening and in days gone by most would hardly be giving it a second glance, this year interest is far higher particularly for Tottenham supporters as it might be a chance to see some of our new players in action, a chance to get a glimpse of a couple of players set to become hero worshipped next season.
Tottenham seem keen on a loan of Danny Welbeck in order to address the lack of goals from the two Tottenham strikers Adebayor and Defoe last season, Welbeck’s tally was an impressive two from thirty-nine appearances for the best team in England. Surely we are not about to return to the Berbatov scenario when United snapped him up for a fee of over £30m and loaned us Frazier Campbell to compensate.