As Tottenham Hotspur fans wait anxiously for the end of the Confederations Cup, and the hopefully imminent arrival of Paulinho, the club themselves have intensified their hunt for a new striker. Spurs’ technical director Franco Baldini will reportedly hold talks with Spain international David Villa before the end of the week as they hope to lure the Barcelona forward to White Hart Lane.
Villa is in action at the Confederations Cup, but could make a move shortly afterwards, with Fiorentina set to be Spurs’ biggest rivals for the striker after Arsenal switched their attention to Gonzalo HIguain. Following Neymar’s arrival at Barcelona this summer, Villa is expected to move in order to guarantee himself first team action ahead of next year’ World Cup.
Villa is not the only striker on Spurs’ radar, with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke also rumoured to be a target this summer. Spurs and Liverpool have both apparently made enquiries about the Belgian striker, who scored 19 times in his debut season in the Premier League last year.
The 22-year-old is reportedly open to a move despite having three years left on his contract at Aston Villa. Borussia Dortmund are also considering a bid for Benteke, perhaps lining up the Belgian as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski. Liverpool are said to be in pole position currently as they try to bolster their attacking options ahead of Luis Suarez’s possible departure, although Benteke’s £25million price-tag might dissuade all interested parties this summer.
Real Madrid are hoping that a bumper player plus cash offer will be enough to make Spurs consider selling Gareth Bale. Tottenham have so far made it clear they will not entertain any bids for their star player this summer, but Real Madrid would be prepared to offer Angel Di Maria as part of a bid for the Welshman in the hope that they can change Spurs’ mind.
Spurs have also offered Bale a new contract, but plan to keep him at the club whether he signs up to the news terms or not, with the forward having three years left on his current deal.
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