After snubbing PSG to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, Andre Villas-Boas Is reportedly set to be handed a £50million transfer fund to reshape his squad ahead of next season. Spurs will also attempt to finance their business by selling off a slew of players who have been told they are not needed at the club next year, but there will be significant funds available regardless of sales.
Brazilian pair Paulinho and Bernard are still rumoured to be targets for Villas-Boas, but in the search for a new striker his attention has apparently switched from Brazil to Spain. Leandro Damiao, who has been a Spurs target for several years, is not currently being targeted, with Barcelona’s David Villa and Valencia’s Roberto Soldado reportedly now the focus for the club.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has flown into London with the aim of setting up talks with Tottenham about star player Gareth Bale. The Spanish side have made their intention to sign Bale this summer very clear in recent weeks, and although Perez has said he is flying to London on separate matters, there has been speculation he will try to discuss a move for the Welshman with Spurs.
Spurs do not wish to sell Bale, who is not only a key player but someone who can attract others stars to the club, and still hope he will sign a new contract this summer. Real Madrid and PSG have both indicated they would be ready to pay a world record £85million for the player, who scored 21 times in the Premier League last season.
Spurs made their first confirmed signing of the summer yesterday, with the appointment of Franco Baldini as technical director. The Italian has previously worked at Roma, Real Madrid and England, and has an interesting record of bringing South American talent to Europe that Spurs fans will hope he can continue at White Hart Lane.
There have already been rumours that Baldini’s first task at Spurs is the complete the signing of Paulinho, but with the Brazilian midfielder in action at the Confederations Cup until the end of the month, any deal will likely have to wait until then.
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