Tottenham Hotspur could complete a move for Barcelona striker David Villa as early as this week, as they aim to agree a fee with the Spanish club. Villa has reportedly agreed in principle to move to White Hart Lane, but so far Spurs and Barcelona have not been able to finalise a fee for the 31-year-old, with the La Liga champions holding out for £8.6million
Spurs hope that the fact that Villa will be able to leave on a free next summer, plus the fact that Barcelona do not want to pay his wages throughout next season, when he will be unlikely to play regularly due to the arrival of Neymar, will mean they can force the price for the striker down.
Spurs might also be hoping to raid Real Madrid this summer, with young winger Jese Rodriguez admitting he wants to play more first team football next season. The 20-year-old impressed with Spain at the Under-20 World Cup, and also scored 22 goals in Real Madrid’s B team last season.
Rodriguez said in July he would be discussing his future with the club once his participation in the Under-20 World Cup was over, and that he had not made any decisions about what he was going to do. Real Madrid are expected to offer him a new contract, but if he decides to move Spurs have been linked with a £10million bid.
Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to spurn PSG’s advances earlier in the summer was a clear indication he wanted to spend at least another year with Tottenham Hotspur, but Monaco are apparently still keen to try and tempt the Portuguese manager to Ligue 1, although they could be prepared to wait until next summer.
Monaco are reportedly considering Villas-Boas as a long term successor for Claudio Ranieri, and with a strong former Porto contingent already at the club thanks to the signings of James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho, they might see the Spurs manager as the ideal coach.
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