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Tottenham’s Brazilian target Bernard has been encouraged to snub Andre Villas-Boas’s side for a move to Germany.
The midfielder, who currently plays for Atletico Mineiro, is reportedly high on Spurs’ shopping list, but countryman Dante believes the 20-year-old’s physique would be better suited to the Bundesliga.
Dante plays for German treble-winners Bayern Munich, and in light of reported interest from their rivals Borussia Dortmund, Bernard could be playing against the defender if he takes his advice.
Having already lost out on long-time target Joao Moutinho, it seems another potential signing could be slipping out of their reach.
One player seemingly not out of the reach of Real Madrid is Gareth Bale. In the story that refuses to go away, the Spanish side’s president Florentino Perez believes the Welshman would be worth every penny it takes to get him.
Comparing Bale to tennis player Rafael Nadal, Perez said, “For players like this – the investment they generate you and the revenue they produce, you can give everything to try and get them.”
Although “try” is all he may manage, should Tottenham hold firm in their bid to keep a player who is vital to their future.
Another such player is goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who has dismissed reports linking him with a move to big-spending Monaco.
The 26-year-old was outstanding in his debut season for Spurs, and reassuring Lillywhites fans he said, “I left to go abroad, to try and build something on a personal and sporting level and I don’t intend to come back soon.”
Having already missed out on Victor Valdes, Lloris’s snub means Claudio Ranieri will have to look elsewhere for the custodian of Monaco’s gloves next season.
Reports this afternoon suggest Tottenham are now favourites to sign Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld. With both Roma and Liverpool previously said to be in the box-seat for his signature, this one may need to be taken with a pinch of salt. But there is no doubt he would be a great addition to a developing Spurs squad.
Current Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has also spoken of his countryman’s attributes, saying, “I know the qualities of Toby very well. He would fit perfectly.”
And finally, Lewis Holtby has spoken of a "bad end” to last season. His comments come following a disappointing first year at White Hart Lane and the exit of his country from the Under-21 European Championship.
And yet clearly he is a player for whom the glass is half-full.
“Sometimes you have to put things into perspective and think as a human, not just a footballer,” he said.
“I can’t wait for next season to start. I think next season is going to be my year.”
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