David Villa is reportedly set to decide between Tottenham Hotspur and Fiorentina next week, with the Spaniard currently thought to favour a move to White Hart Lane. The striker will be in action tonight for Spain in the Confederations Cup final against Brazil, but is likely to seek a quick move after the tournament although Spurs still need to agree a fee with Barcelona, and are apparently unwilling to meet the Spanish club’s £12million valuation.
Villa has supposedly been given the same assurances that were given to Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, namely that both Gareth Bale and Andre Villas-Boas are going to stay at Spurs this summer despite interest from elsewhere.
The striker is expected to be an important part of Villas-Boas switch to a 4-3-3 system, with Villa able to play either through the middle or on the flank of a three man attack.
Another striker Spurs might target is Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz, who caught the eye with eight Champions League goals last season. Those goals were part of an excellent season where Yilmaz scored 32 in all competitions, and he has also been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.
Spurs might be prepared to pay £17million for the 27-year-old, who Galatasaray could be prepared to let leave for the right price having signed Dider Drogba in January. However for the moment this move looks a little unlikely, with Spurs traditionally opposed to spending such large amounts of money on players who will have little resale value at the end of their contract.
There is a feature on Talksport today that looks at how Franco Baldini might look to spend the £50million apparently granted to Andre Villas-Boas to overhaul his squad at White Hart Lane this summer.
Included in the list of targets are two former Roma players, Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic, along with Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy. McCarthy enjoyed a superb season even as Wigan were relegated last season, and could add depth to Spurs midfield if all three of Jake Livermore, Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone leave this summer.
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