Prolific Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan may be on his way to Tottenham rather than Liverpool as was first thought. It is being reported that the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder’s advisors have held talks with White Hart Lane officials over a possible move.
Should it happen, it would be a major coup for the club – signing a player who is the envy of many and who would add a considerable goal-threat from midfield.
Borussia Dortmund are reported to have had a £19.5million offer for Mkhitaryan turned down last week, with Shakhtar holding out for £25million. But with Liverpool having already spent considerably this summer, Spurs could have the advantage.
Another goal-scorer linked with a move to the Lillywhites is Barcelona’s David Villa.
With only 12-months left on his current contract, and following Neymar's arrival at the Nou Camp, the Spanish international is almost certain to leave this summer. Although Daniel Levy is said to be unwilling to pay Barcelona’s asking price of £12million for the 31-year-old.
Villa’s form has dipped in recent times. But his ability in front of goal is unquestionable. And should Spurs manage to secure both him and Mkhitaryan, they could be challenging for a place much higher than fourth in the coming seasons.
One player almost certain to arrive is Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, who will finalise a move at the conclusion of the Confederations Cup. And he seems to know what Spurs fans are desperate to have confirmed – that Gareth Bale is going nowhere.
“This summer there has been interest in their coach and their best player,” Paulinho said, “and they have been clear they are both not going anywhere.”
With these possible arrivals Andre Villas-Boas is said to be considering his summer sales, with Tom Huddleston reportedly the first to go.
Said to be a £5million target for Sunderland, the midfielder could be one of four departures, along with Scott Parker, Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
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