Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has this morning publicly announced that he will reject any bids for the club's best players. This will disappoint most of the top four clubs in the Premier League, who have been coveting the likes of midfielders Gareth Bale and Luka Modric for a while now.
Levy told fans this morning on the Spurs website: "I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer.We made our stance on this issue [selling Modric to Chelsea] abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea."
With Spurs looking for forwards to replace Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch in the offseason, reports in the English press have suggested that Chelsea and Manchester United would consider letting forwards Didier Drogba and Dimitar Berbatov move to White Hart Lane in a part-exchange deal involving the 25-year-old Croatian midfielder.
But Spurs have ambitions to win the Premier League title and are eager to show they can retain as well as attract some of the best players in Europe. With a squad of more than 40 players, Levy will instead insist that club manager Harry Redknapp sells those who have not formed part of the match day squad over the past ten months.
One such player is David Bentley (pictured), who failed to impress new Aston Villa manager Alex McCleish while on loan to Birmingham City. Find out which team the English winger is being linked with, which Ghanaian TV prodigy may be arriving at White Hart Lane and which Real Madrid player is a target of Liverpool.
For other Premier League transfer rumours doing the rounds in the international press, see Parts One and Two: