Transfer News: Tottenham Chairman Is Giving Andre Villas-Boas Tools for Success
The Spurs chairman has almost finalised the signings of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen while Real Madrid are now reportedly offering the North London outfit Nuri Sahin in a part exchange deal for Luka Modric.
A disappointing second half of the last season saw Spurs throw away a 12 point lead to their rivals Arsenal in the battle for third place, due in part to a squad hit by fatigue and injuries and partly due to a manager whose sides tend to run out of puff after the Christmas period.
With Redknapp gone, many Tottenham fans are fearful of the imminent arrival of Andre Villas-Boas—especially after a number of Spurs players threatened to revolt should the Portuguese manager take charge at White Hart Lane.
Levy, though, is already showing that a rebuild of the Spurs squad is essential for AVB to keep order and harmony in the dressing room and allow the former Chelsea boss to take Tottenham to the next level.
Modric has been periodically unhappy at the club for over 12 months and Harry Redknapp did an miraculous job by encouraging the Croatian playmaker to stay at the club for the duration of last season.
Without Champions League football next year, Modric reiterated his desire to leave the Lane—but the introduction of Sigurdsson gives AVB a player without an ego, who has already proved he can excel in Modric’s role at a Premier League club.
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The potential swap deal with Real Madrid helps Levy to replace another key player who looks set to head elsewhere this summer, Rafael van der Vaart.
The Dutch magician has spoken his wish to return to Hamburg, the side he left to go to Real Madrid in 2008, but the Spanish outfit’s Turkish midfielder would be a great replacement...even if he is more of a defensive midfielder.
Sahin’s time at Madrid has been hampered by injury and the swap, which would include £30m going back to Levy, would give the 23-year-old a fresh start and a chance to get his career back on track.
His nine appearances for Madrid did show signs of greatness and Jose Mourinho was quick to praise the youngster after a number of his performances: including his Champions League appearance against lowly APOEL and Madrid’s Copa del Rey fixture against SD Ponferradina, during which he scored his only goal for the Spanish champions.
Sahin could play just ahead of Scott Parker to help bolster the centre of Tottenham’s midfield while Sigurdsson can sit just behind the lone striker, which Spurs fans hope will be Emmanuel Adebayor, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon streaking down the flanks.
Vertonghen’s almost guaranteed arrival from Ajax will be an ideal solution to Tottenham’s defensive woes, and the young imposing centre-back will add some defensive solidarity to a side that never found a solid pairing in the heart of its back-four.
Levy is giving AVB the right sort of options to allow Tottenham to continue to improve, while also assuring that two of the major egos—who could have kicked up a fuss at the arrival of Villas-Boas—are not there to upset the apple cart.
The purse strings on Levy’s wallet have been opened, and if he is willing to give AVB the time and resources that Chelsea wouldn't, Tottenham will be a very interesting outfit next season.
Signing Bale to a new four-year contract hasn’t really hurt things either.
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