A select round-up of transfer news relating to Tottenham, including Gareth Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor and Tom Carroll.
As you would expect – with the transfer window about to close and no deal between Spurs and Real Madrid yet announced – Gareth Bale has generated his fair share of headlines this morning.
The Guardian claims Real are “cautious” regarding the deal, and Carlo Ancelotti was certainly reluctant to talk in detail prior to his side’s match against Athletic Bilbao.
Speaking of which, that match has forced the Spanish side to dismantle the stage they had prepared for Bale’s unveiling. Although it is likely to be rebuilt as soon as this morning’s game is over, with Spurs apparently holding out on completing the deal to give themselves the best possible chance of success this season.
At least that is the claim of the Daily Mail – with the cannily-timed “revelations” that Daniel Levy’s reluctance to complete the Bale deal earlier was as much to derail Arsenal’s transfer dealings as to secure the best possible deal.
Whether true or not, it makes a good conspiracy theory as Spurs prepare to face their great rivals this afternoon.
Regarding Bale, the Express claims he could ultimately cost Madrid upwards of £150million, and that Levy has insisted on a clause that will see Spurs receive an additional £10million should the Welshman leave Spain for a Premier League club within the next four years.
In potential outgoings, Emmanuel Adebayor is reportedly a target for German side Schalke, although the Evening Standard claims they may be unable to meet Tottenham’s £6.6million valuation.
Tom Carroll could be set for a loan move to QPR, according to the Mirror, while the same paper claims Spurs are considering one final piece of business this summer – the purchase of Finnish striker Joel Pohjanpalo.
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