Pochettino wants Real Madrid’s Kovacic to become the cornerstone of his London project, say the Spanish press.
But the word is that the player wants to succeed in Madrid. Last season was a major figure for Los Blancos (playing a total of 2,154 minutes in all 39 games he played). Mateo made 27 league appearances for Real, two more than last season – he’s not a fringe player.
AS Sport believe that it will take much more than €25million to prize the 23 year old from the Santiago Bernabéu.
Perhaps Perez is merely giving El Baldy a taste of his own medicine, or it might be that Spurs are chasing a player that is quite happy where he is and one that Zidane values.
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Elsewhere …Sigurdsson has pulled out of Swansea’s pre-season trip to the USA claiming he was not in the right frame of mind to feature; and free spending Everton are thought to be eager to complete a deal for the 27-year-old as soon as possible.
According to the Standard, Spurs got of lightly – only selling Kyle Walker. The headline splash painted a picture of defiant and spirited Daniel Levy, who never lost control as he skilfully trousered a whopping £50million+ for the boy Bonzo.
Er… the reality is that whilst Kyle Walker has never been my cup of tea, we’ve just sold one of our best players… and this is damage limitation put out by Spurs.
Glad has been quick to point out that senior members of the squad have all been reminded in no uncertain terms that Bonzo’s departure was a one off for personal reasons. No matter what divisive tactics made their way into the mainstream press in an attempt to undermine the project, Spurs were under no circumstances holding a fire-sale this window or in any foreseeable windows.
Rose’s last (and probably last) interview with the BBC didn’t go down well at all with Spurs. Gladys believes that whilst Pochettino took it as all part of the rough and tumble of player talk, in the boardroom it was seen as sending out a counterproductive message. Seen and not heard was one line muttered bitterly.
There was no enquiry about Rose whatsoever. This situation was arrived at by Manchester City having it made crystal clear to them throughout negotiations that the circumstances surrounding Bonzo were unique and that City ought think themselves fortunate that the player was available at all to them or anyone else.
Furthermore all talk of Dier ‘wanting’ a move to Manchester United is also fictional.
If Spurs sell any other vital first XI players then one ought to expect the usual nonsense of mysterious and wholly fake injuries, whilst transfer negotiations are carried out under duress.
Expect a few ‘last hurrahs’ in respect of Dier, Rose and maybe even Alli. I would suggest you focus your attention upon what we do to fill the gaps left by the departing Sissoko and No’Cludeo.