Before the real news kicks into high gear, we're going to be doing short profiles of all of the players that could potentially leave Tottenham Hotspur today, as well as the players that we have been strongly linked to. This is the first one of those posts, on Giovani dos Santos.
Gio was supposed to be Tottenham's superstar of the future when he signed from Barcelona as a teenager. He's never been able to break into the first team for a variety of reasons -- injuries, managerial changes, previous lack of commitment to training -- and he's become a serial pine-rider who gets paid a lot of money to do nothing. Daniel Levy has refused to sell him at a loss and Gio has refused to go anywhere but La Liga. As much as I love the guy, he's become a money pit.
Position: Winger/attacking midfielder
With the club since: June 2008
Likelihood he's sold: Moderate, leaning towards low. Obviously the club will be willing to make a sale if a suitable offer comes in, but if we haven't heard any rumors about Gio departing up to this point, the offers aren't coming in. He hurt himself in his first training session with the club and it makes sense that no one is willing to pay £7m for an injured player who doesn't play in the Premier League.
Likelihood he plays if he stays: Also moderate, leaning towards low. His chances of playing get a lot better if Rafael Van der Vaart leaves and Willian does not arrive. The fact that he can play anywhere along the attacking band of three in a 4-2-3-1 certainly helps his chances of getting into a team, and Andre Villas-Boas will almost certainly be more willing to give him a shot than Harry Redknapp.
If he leaves, he goes to: Malaga for £7m. Now that they have Champions League football, they could be tempted to enter the market ... especially if someone makes them an offer they can't refuse for Isco.
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