Chairman Daniel Levy is determined to keep hold of Bale but will not sanction further spending on new recruits until there has been a clear-out of some other established stars to streamline the first-team squad and reduce the wage bill….
It is all a far cry from just a few months ago, when Tottenham’s offer of £35m for Italian striker Giuseppe Rossi was turned down by Villarreal.
Fast forwards a bit to 21 May 2013, so it doesn’t get too repetitive and we find a report from the Bloomberg agency, citing of all sources, the Daily Mirror
Tottenham plans a major clearout after failing to qualify for the Champions League, the Mirror said. Emmanuel Adebayor [Note that name, it turns up again a bit later], Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe, William Gallas, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker are among the players who may go as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to build his squad around Gareth Bale, the Mirror said.
Christian Benteke of Aston Villa and David Villa of Barcelona are two of Spurs’ targets, along with Zenit St. Petersburg’s Hulk and Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez, the newspaper said.
On to 13 August 2014, a year and a month later on and we find…
That is Matt Law in the Independent. It is all the same stuff so I won’t repeat it.
Then moving on again to 8 December 2014 we have
Tottenham will try to offload as many as nine players this summer, who cost the club in total £90million.
Four of the players were bought in the summer of 2013 with the money from the £86m sale of Gareth Bale and include Roberto Soldado, who was signed for a then club record fee of £26m.
Also on the list are Younes Kaboul, who started the season as captain but has not started a Premier League match since November, and Emmanuel Adebayor, who still has a year left on his £100,000-a-week deal.
Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon are all surplus to requirements.
Anyway today, 21 June 2015 is a long way away from April 2015 (two months actually) we needed to be reminded so we got, this is the Telegraph on date in June
Now this must be new news because it is in the Telegraph, a most respectable newspaper. I mean they wouldn’t be running a story that has run every few weeks for the past five years would they?
Tottenham Hotspur are ready for a huge summer clear-out in the hope that up to 10 first-team players will leave….
Aaron Lennon, Paulinho, Younès Kaboul, Etienne Capoue, Benjamin Stambouli are all for sale and are expected to go in the next few weeks with deals already under discussion and, in some cases, in place….
Then there is Emmanuel Adebayor, [oh that’s interesting – haven’t heard his name in this context] who has already turned down several offers to leave and is holding out for a pay-off that Spurs are reluctant to concede.
Poor Adebayor. At war with his family, and always up for sale.
The fees Spurs paid for the nine players who are for sale amounts to more than £70 million, with the £17 million committed to the Brazilian international Paulinho believed to be the highest.
Soldado’s fee was reported to £26 million but the initial outlay is understood to have been £13 million with various add-ons during the course of his contract.
Four of the players were bought with the proceeds of the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world-record £86 million in August 2014. Of the players recruited in that transfer window, only Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela, who cost £30 million, are expected to survive….
So what of Adebayor? He has a “year left on his contract, which currently earns him £110,000 a week, and does not figure in Pochettino’s plans, but the 31-year-old has so far turned down offers to leave from clubs around the world. Spurs are desperate for him to go but do not want to pay up his contract.”
It is funny how these stories go around and around and around.
Why is that I wonder.
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Anniversary of the day
21 June 1995: Dennis Bergkamp arrived from Inter where he had played just 52 league games. He had been attacked by the press in Italy where a column highlighting the worst mistake of the weekend’s games was named Bergkamp della settimana See also here. And particularly about Inter, here.