You guys are going to have to bear with me, because I am incapable of providing any kind of objective analysis of this rumor, both from a footballing and plausibility standpoint. I am not even a Madridista and I have had a huge football crush on Jese Rodriguez for a couple of years now. This year I watched him in a few Copa del Rey games and Spanish youth team games and oh my god he is the best please come to Tottenham Hotspur so I can buy your shirt and sleep in it every night.
Anyway, the Daily Star has linked us to the Madrid youngster, whose contract expires at the end of this season. They say Spurs are weighing up a £10m move. That's completely believable and a fair price for both Spurs and Madrid.
For those who have never seen him, he's a winger who can also play forward with a great nose for goal. He scored 22 goals in the Segunda last year and was impressive in Copa del Rey appearances with the first team. He's also been one of the best players at this year's Under-20 World Cup. He's a very good dribbler and finisher, as well as a decent crosser, but his best asset is probably the timing of his diagonal runs into the box from wide positions.
Jese says he wants to remain at Madrid if possible, but is realistic about his chances and is willing to leave if he doesn't think he's going to get a chance to be first choice. Because Gareth Bale isn't going to the Bernabeu this summer, Jose Callejon is almost out the door and Angel Di Maria is considered expendable, he might get that chance. If he gets it and impresses, he'll sign a contract extension.
But if he's not going to get that chance? Well, Madrid would rather make some money off him than let him walk on a free, even if they don't need the money. If he's for sale, I hope Spurs pounce. He's everything that Spurs want in a wide forward whether Bale is sticking with the team long term or not. Whether we're playing 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, with Bale on the wing or in the hole, he'd be a great asset. He might not start right away, but if he comes to the Lane, I'd be stunned if he wasn't first choice by the end of the season.
This has been your irrational, fawning transfer update for the day. We'll get back to being objective now.
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