Honestly these transfer rumor posts are starting to take on an entirely different tone than I had anticipated when I started them two weeks ago. With Tottenham Hotspur's recent run of form the rumors have taken a turn from what excellent players Spurs are going to buy to what players we're going to sell, which makes the rumors way less fun.
At the very least, with Gareth Bale facing a long-term injury the transfer rumors surrounding him should calm down for the summer. If there was ever a good time to be injured this would be it. New rumors are popping up every day about rifts between Harry Redknapp and his players, most notably Rafael Van der Vaart and Aaron Lennon.
At this point I'm not sure what to expect from this year's summer transfer period. Tottenham could be very busy like they were in 2008 or they could be quiet like lasts season. I'd prefer a busy period personally with a lot of players going out. Yes, that's right I want us to sell. Clear out the deadwood. So, without further ado, the rumors.
The Continuing Saga of Giovani dos Santos: Mexican international Giovani dos Santos and Harry Redknapp have clashed every since Harry joined Spurs back in 2008. Initially it was over dos Santos' lack of effort in training and then over his hard partying ways. It seemed like he was going to break into the team and show his potential at the start of this season, but an injury derailed him. He's performed well in his loan spell at Racing Santander and it now appears as though he wants to stay. He doesn't come out and say it but you have to wonder what his future at White Hart Lane is. I love Gio and would like nothing more than for him to work out at Spurs, but it doesn't look like it will happen.Why Do Cash Plus A Player Deals Never Work?: In Manchester City's latest attempts to lure Gareth Bale away from Spurs they look set to offer James Milner and £30 million, making the deal worth roughly £25 million. Seriously, how bad has Milner been this year? There are plenty of other Man City cast-offs I would rather have than him: Michael Johnson, Vladimir Weiss, even Craig Bellamy. Milner seems to think he's a box-to-box midfielder at Manchester City as opposed to the winger he was at Aston Villa. The boy is confused...and not terribly good at football.
On the Hunt...Again: I'm not sure how many consecutive windows Tottenham Hotspur have been rumored to be making a move for Klaas Jan Huntelaar, but it's got to be quite a few. The Hunter has played for five different clubs since 2009 and at all, but Ajax has been a disappointment. He's a big strong striker who, theoretically, should be able to play up top alone. In reality though, it seems he was just a really good striker in the Dutch league and not much more.
#WeNeedAStriker: Would you like to see Sergio "Kun" Aguero in a Tottenham kit next season? Of course you would. It's not going to happen, but Atletico Madrid want to drive the price up for Chelsea or whoever actually ends up purchasing the Argentine so Spurs have been linked with a £40 million move for him despite his demand for £200,000 per week wages. Don't get your hopes up Spurs fans.
Hey, A New Name!: I know, hard to believe isn't it? That new name is Sevilla's Diego Perotti. The 22 year-old Argentine is primarily a left winger and could be used a replacement should Spurs sell Bale. Sevilla are asking €15 million, but they would consider a swap deal which could include either Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar or Giovani dos Santos. Player swaps rarely happen and this sort of swap is like for like and I don't see that Spurs would be gaining much.
Player We're Not Linked With But Should Be: Spurs have a strong English presence in their side, a lot of Croatians, a couple of Brazilians, and even a few Africans, but what they don't have is an Asian player. We had Young-Pyo Lee a few years ago, but he wasn't really that good. We need a top Asian player and not for all those "brand expansion" and "new market" reasons business people always cite, but because we need top players regardless of nationality. So, I present you Keisuke Honda. The Japanese midfielder can play all over the pitch from deep-lying playmaker to attacking midfielder, to second striker. Plus he's an incredible free kick taker with Champions League Experience at CSKA Moscow.
Player We're Actually Going to Buy...This Week: With so many rumors about sales this week it's hard to find a player that it seems Tottenham Hotspur will definitely purchase. There are the old standbys of Joe Cole, Scott Parker, and pretty much anyone that plays for one of the sides about to be relegated, but those really players aren't much fun to talk about. I'll go with Dimitar Berbatov. I don't know why. I'm not sure I actually believe these rumors, but Harry does love to buy players that Spurs have previously sold. Should the Bulgarian return from to White Hart Lane from Manchester United he would undoubtedly be the best striker on the team regardless of his level of effort. London shops had better stock up on mayonnaise.