Tottenham Hotspur are set for talks with Franco Baldini about appointing the Italian as technical director at White Hart Lane after his departure from Roma was confirmed yesterday evening. Both Daniel Levy and Andre Villas-Boas have been keen to bring in Baldini to act as a go between for Villas-Boas and the Tottenham board.
Baldini is expected to play a key role in the club’s transfer business this summer, and the Italian has a record of bringing over exciting young South American talent that might see Spurs’ chances of signing players like Leandro Damiao and Bernard given a timely boost. His appointment will also likely lead to further rumours about a Spurs bid for Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic.
Aston Villa have denied that Tottenham have made any approach for Christian Benteke after rumours that Spurs had offered Jermain Defoe as part of a deal for the Belgian. Villa also made it clear that they had received no bids from any of the sides linked with the striker so far this summer, and indicated that it would take a huge fee or over £30million for Benteke to leave. Atletico Madrid are perhaps the side most likely to pay over £25million, having sold Radamel Falcao for £50million recently.
Spurs’ chief scout Daniel Sousa was apparently at Sweden’s recent win over Macedonia to watch both Fulham winger Alex Kacaniklic and West Brom defender Jonas Olsson. Olsson reportedly has a release clause of around £4million and could be targeted to add depth to Spurs’ defence, whilst Kacanklic could be signed instead of Tom Ince or Christian Atsu to cover on the flanks of Spurs’ attack.
Harry Redknapp has come out saying that he expects Gareth Bale to stay at Tottenham Hotspur this summer, despite the interest from Real Madrid. The former Spurs manager said that Bale was the third best player in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and that although he could well leave White Hart Lane next season, he was happy at Tottenham for now.
Redknapp also warned Spurs they would need to strengthen if they were going to challenge for a Champions League place again, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all likely to improve considerably this summer.
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