Monday, 8 July 2013

Missing out on David Villa...a blessing in disguise?

Villa...hitching a ride to Madrid...

Around 4pm today, another significant move in the transfer window affecting Tottenham Hotspur.  The ITK sources had been suggesting for some time, even as far back as May that Daniel Levy and the Spurs hierarchy had been in touch with Villa's representatives in an attempt to get him to agree a move to London.

No such luck it appears.  My old buddy Chandra reported through FB that SSN had just run a story that Barcelona has agreed a deal in principle to sell David Villa to Atletico Madrid.

Cue every Spurs message board going into the usual meltdown...

How could we miss out on him?
Why is Levy so bloody tight, Atletico are only buying him for £4.1m?

...and so it went on.

Lets not forget.  Villa turns 32 in November and is already on wages of over £100k per week at Barcelona. Signing him would be a major shift in policy where by Levy's successful business model see's Spurs bring in players with sell on values or if experienced players were brought in, the transfer fees would be minimal.

Now ok, its clear Villa would bring a huge deal of experience to a faltering Tottenham forward line.  There's little doubt that the front line was the key reason why Spurs failed in their main aim of CL qualification last season.  However, he broke his foot last year and was out injured for almost 8 months.

So, whether Spurs went in for him or not, I'm almost relieved that we havent signed him.  I'd much rather us bring in a younger player.

May be coincidence but Ars*nal allegedly have had a bid of around £30m turned down by Liverpool for Luis Suarez today.  Ars*nal have been quite openly in talks with Real Madrid of Higuain in recent weeks.  Now you wonder why all of a sudden that Ars*nal have shifted their attentions elsewhere.  What is going on with Higuain.  Surely Ars*nal knew that Liverpool would turn a £30m bid down without question?  Are Ars*nal trying to force Real Madrid's hand?

Its common knowledge that Spurs have a high level special "relationship" with Real which was part of the Luca Modric transfer.  Spurs fans have been wondering for a while how Spurs would actually benefit from this relationship.  Maybe we may see some fruit now?

In other news, Everton have signed striker Kone from Wigan Athletic today, reuniting him with Roberto Martinez.  I think that is an excellent signing for Everton.  Kone was one of the bright lights in a very poor Wigan side last season.  

In conclusion, now Villa isnt happening, it does beg the question what are Levy's attacking transfer targets?  All we can do it wait in anticipation...and secretly prepare ourselves for the disappointment we usually feel the day after the transfer window closes!