Date published: Friday 27th April 2018 7:30
YOUâRE STILL THE WAN I RUN TO
Mauricio Pochettino spent most of the aftermath of Tottenhamâs FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United stating that the club needs to invest more to continue developing. âThe most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,â he said. âWith a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.â
The question remains as to how those funds will be raised as the club balances the cost of building a new stadium with progressing on the pitch. The Daily Mail appear to have the answer. Four players will be sold to generate ÂŁ170million.
The offloaded quartet will be Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama â all valued at ÂŁ50m â and Mousa Dembele, rated at around ÂŁ20m. That does equal ÂŁ170m. Congratulations to the Mail on their quick maths.
Tottenham are âwilling to sacrificeâ certain players to help them move forward, with Rose, Alderweireld and Wanyama on the fringes for much of this season. Dembele has been key, but turns 31 in July.
Rose and Alderweireld have been heavily linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, while a Chinese Super League move is apparently on the cards for Dembele. As for Wanyama, he is the one player Steven Gerrard would like Liverpool to sign. And they were linked with him in February. But ÂŁ50m?!
BALE HIM OUT
Gareth Bale is âfrustratedâ at Real Madrid, according to Stuart James of The Guardian. Cue the words âManchesterâ and âUnitedâ being slotted into a headline, accompanied with a picture of the Welshman looking grumpy on the bench.
Bale was an unused substitute as Real secured a 2-1 first-leg victory away at Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final, the forward watching on as Lucas Vazquez started and Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema were introduced. It is this lack of opportunities that has left Bale âextremely frustratedâ.
However, James adds that the 28-year-old is not looking to leave. Bale âis bitterly disappointedâ that he is not playing, but âis determined to fight for his place and has no interest in pursuing a move at the end of the seasonâ. He reckons he still has a future in Spain.
But even if Bale does throw in the towel, a Premier League return is not inevitable. English clubs might not âbe able to match his financial packageâ, and United have gone âcold for nowâ on their former target. Terrible scenes.
AND THE REST
Leicester CityÂ manager Claude Puel is fighting to save his job as the club plans a big-money squad overhaul this summerâŠÂ ArsenalÂ will rivalÂ Atletico MadridÂ andÂ NapoliÂ forÂ Bayer LeverkusenâsÂ 26-year-old Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who is available for a fee of about ÂŁ17.5mâŠÂ West HamÂ have joined the race to sign 30-year-old Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans for ÂŁ3m as Premier League sides prepare for West Bromâs relegationâŠÂ Former England, Tottenham and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell is set to be interviewed byÂ Ipswich TownÂ as they look for a replacement for Mick McCarthy.