Date:Wednesday March 13 2013
I know for some, talking about transfers, with months to go before the window opens is madness. But behind the scenes, clubs will already be jockeying for places in the summer transfer merry-go-round.
In the last few days, Spurs have been linked with a likely or unlikely move for Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain for what would seem a very respectable £24m. It is clear that Spurs need to drastically improve in the striking area of the team and should they manage to steal a marquee signing such as the Argentinean, who has an excellent scoring record for club and country and would appear to the the type of player that would excite the fans, improve the team and also make a statement of intent, that Spurs are a team that is seriously looking to kick on.
It may well be that Champions league qualification is the difference between our having any chance or no chance of getting a really top quality striker and we are sure to also have huge competition from many of the box-office sides, who are looking for a top rated scorer, with City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, all seemingly in need of added numbers, and thats just in the English Prem… But, would the prospect of being the first choice be a key to any move for a player that may prefer regular football over a bigger pay cheque? Higuain has been out of favour for much of his time at Real and though he has also suffered with injury, he might be looking to re-establish himself as the main No9, as opposed to being the competition or rotational selection when the first choice is being saved for the bigger games.
There is also the belief that the players pregnant girlfriend, has already moved to London after accepting a role for the BBC, therefore new baby, girlfriend in London and a possible need to be playing more often (lets not forget the World Cup at the end of next season) and it is nailed on that he will move to London! Right?… If that were true, we would still be up against the vastly richer Chelsea and our beloved neighbours, that may or may not want to make a spending statement of their own in the summer, but could the winner of a CL place also get their man?
Already we are reading about, Radamel Falcao, Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani and a few more, being linked with major moves in the summer, and of course they will attract equal and probably bigger interest from the elite and massively rich teams, which may well make them out of Tottenham's reach, but those players moving create a transfer merry-go-round, which could see for example Cavani replacing Torres. Torres or Louis Suarez, replacing Falcao. Falcao replacing Higuain, etc etc. You assume that the likes of Juve, PSG, Napoli and many more european teams will be in the running for the better players, but though that may push Spurs out of the running for the biggest and best, it may allow us to snatch a player that is pushed out as a result of a bigger fish, wanting instant success and therefore sacrificing a current minnow. Someone like Romelu Lukaku, who may be third choice of below at Stamford Bridge?
There will be many rumours that Spurs signing a player like Higuan will only happen if Spurs sell Gareth Bale the other way, but is that really the case? Firstly, Higuain is possibly going to be in a reasonable bargaining position, as Real may want to sell him more than he actually wants or needs to leave, therefore Real wanting to trade him in for Bale, may not appeal to the player, who might prefer to go somewhere else, even if that has to be in or near London. Also could the prospect of Spurs finally getting that top quality striker, coupled with CL football persuade Bale to stick with us for at least another year. Again, he is a new father and is enjoying his football, so is it really certain that he would want to leave or that Spurs would consider selling unless he wasn't having a major tantrum?
I know it is all media and fan speculation, but we all know that clubs are already sounding out players and agents over possible ins and outs and it is naive to think otherwise. You would like to think that AVB and Mr Levy are already seriously looking at possible targets, whether Damiao, Higuain or Peter Crouch, and will certainly have a Plan A, B, C and D, depending on the summer movement and also their budget, which may or may not be boosted by Champions league football. Problem is, that so many other clubs will be in exactly the same position and doing the very same thing...
Date:Wednesday March 13 2013
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