Tottenham are determined to show patience as they look to complete their summer’s transfer business. Spurs approach for a number of players has been met by a flat refusal from clubs who are maintaining their stance that players will not be sold.
Clubs Say “NO!”
The man from Del Monte may have said “Yes” but whichever way Tottenham Hotspur turn in their transfer dealings at the moment, the word they hear is “NO!”. Obviously clubs aren’t wanting to sell players as the new season approaches but from Spurs’ perspective, with the clubs around them in the Premier League having bought extensively this summer, Tottenham need to strengthen the team before the closing of the transfer window on 2nd September.
Gary Jacob in The Times reported that Tottenham’a approach to Marseilles for the French Under-21 attacking midfield player, Florian Thauvin, has met with a “No”. Marseilles say that Thauvin is not for sale.
Tottenham have been been attempting to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. Their interest has been rebuffed by the south coast club. A week ago the Southampton Chairman, Ralf Krueger, gave an interview in which he said that no more players would be sold and that Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez were in the group of core players they were intending to keep and build their new team around.
Tottenham were reported to be prepared to wait and despite that rejection from Southampton they have persisted in their pursuit of the France international midfield player. In the knowledge that Schneiderlin is keen to leave Southampton, with Spurs as his preferred option, a report at the weekend in the Mirror talked of a renewed, improved bid from Tottenham.
On Tuesday evening Kreuger restated his position that Schneiderlin was not for sale. According to The Guardian report, Tottenham’s initial £10m offer infuriated Southampton. The Southampton chairman said,
He [Schneiderlin] is not leaving for any money.
With such comments coming from Southampton, it is difficult to see how Tottenham hope to resurrect a possible transfer.
At the weekend, it appeared as if Tottenham’s search for a central defender was drawing to a close with the imminent signing of Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal. Now, the process has dragged on with reported difficulties over third party ownership and disagreements with his former club, River Plate, in Argentina.
The Times report by Gary Jacob suggests that Villarreal don’t want to sell and that the fee has increased to a staggering £40m.
Over the past days Tottenham were reported to be confident that the issues could be resolved to enable the transfer to be completed.
Talk of Villarreal demanding such a fee, if true, will definitely cause Tottenham to rethink their strategy and look elsewhere.
At the minute Tottenham are being patient as they wait for further developments. Soon, however, they may have to decide whether they have players within the squad capable of stepping up to meet the requirements of Mauricio Pochettino or make an approach for the next name on their list of targets.
Tottenham are hoping that the men from Villarreal and Southampton will finally say, “YES!”
Light at the end of the Tunnel…….?
The latest speculation on Musacchio last night came from the Portuguese media and was tweeted by Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated),
Fichajes report Mateo Musacchio will play at Tottenham Hotspur next season after Villarreal accepted a £17M bid. #THFC
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) August 6, 2014
They add that they expected the deal to be completed by tomorrow.