- Mar 31, 2013
Haha, Alves for a year would be amazing. He kicked a ton of ass in the Copa America and still has some tread on those tires.
The basics are this: Alderweireld, who has had no suitors willing to pay his £25m release clause, would be sold to Roma as a makeweight for €23m (~£20m). Spurs would then include an additional €27m for Zaniolo, who would move to north London on a permanent transfer. The idea is that Alderweireld would get his move away from the club and a modest increase in after-tax wages in Rome, Spurs would get a young talent who could compete with Dele Alli, and everyone’s happy (except for Spurs fans who were still hoping Toby would sign a new deal).
Kliq criminally undersells this wonderstrike.Spurs got their preseason off to a good start, beating Juventus 3-2 in Singapore; with Kane providing quite the winner:
Dele nutmegging the defender who isn’t much taller than the ball (around 1:57) is a preseason highlight.Tough test for Spurs during their second pre-season game: https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/status/1153975611398000641?s=20
This was my point about the Fekir signing all along--Betis signed him because they expected to close the deal on GLC, but you cannot put the cart before the horse with Levy on the other side. Unless of course, Betis would consider keeping both. They don't have to convince me though, they have to convince Levy and even then, Levy's only real reason to bet against himself is because he wants the player that bad or Poch is breathing down his neck. But with Ndombele already in the fold and Eriksen not moving (yet), there is less of a rush.Levy doing Levy stuff and apparently holding firm on the offer for Lo Celso. Betis has signed a replacement, Lo Celso wants to play for Poch, and now Levy is playing hardball.
Daniel Levy is once again playing a dangerous, high risk, high reward game with Real Betis over the potential signing of Giovani Lo Celso. Football Londo...hotspurhq.com
Tottenham Hotspur is delighted to announce an agreement with AIA Group Limited (AIA), one of the world’s leading life insurers, to extend their long-standing Official Partnership until the end of the 2026/27 season.
This renewed agreement will see the strategic partnership span well over a decade between the Club and AIA, who originally came on board as Official Cup Shirt Partner in 2013. In the 2014/15 season AIA became Official Shirt Partner in all competitions with the relationship extended in 2017 during Tottenham Hotspur’s post season tour to AIA’s home market, Hong Kong, as it became the Club’s Global Principal Partner.
The deal is reportedly between £320 million and £360 million overall, meaning anywhere from £40 million to £45 million a year for the club. The number lands Spurs within the range of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool, per The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick.
Presently, the deal includes the shirt sponsorship as AIA maintains its title as the club’s Global Principal Partner. During the event, though, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy noted that AIA could eventually have the stadium naming rights, though nothing is certain at the moment.
I know it is preseason, but there is never a bad time to win three straight against Real, Juventus and Bayern.That's the season after winning the ICC tourney!
I'm willing to wager it's 1.I know it is preseason, but there is never a bad time to win three straight against Real, Juventus and Bayern.
In other news Spurs are still in talks with Betis about Lo Celso, but curiously enough they have reportedly sent a delegation to Lisbon to go talk about Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes. It seems like there are three explanations for this:
1. Spurs are using Fernandes negotiations to try and earn leverage with Betis for Lo Celoso.
2. Spurs are moving on from Lo Celso and have moved on to Fernandes.
3. Spurs are going to sell Eriksen and feel like they need another AM to replace him, in edition to Lo Celso.
At a reported £25m plus up to £5m in add one, that’s very good business. Levy has leverage with Sessegnon prioritizing Spurs as his destination, and no one drives a bargain like Levy. Will be interesting to see how Poch plays the kid. He has the talent to play the entire wing, but needs to develop the discipline and savvy required for that much freedom.Sessegnon:
Hanging on to Eriksen seems like a pretty big win, and Danny Rose is significant too. Spurs should be much better suited to handle injuries and tournament games this year.Having a dream transfer window where they add Ndombele, LoCelso and Sessegnon seem disappointing because they didn't get Dybala is the Spursiest thing ever.
Update--Spurs said no to bid and Rose has left Watford's facility.Danny Rose looks like he might be headed to Watford, unfortunately
Alone, Ndombele solves almost all of the problems Tottenham had last season.
Lo Celso:Mousa Dembele, who had an elite pass completion percentage rarely pinged balls across the park like Ndombele can.
Playing style/Outlook:Lo Celso, on the other hand, has proven that he can both be a true midfielder and something more attacking. In 2017-2018, Lo Celso led Ligue 1 in possession adjusted tackles per 90, and put up a stat line that was stunningly similar to Ndombele’s
This season, Spurs will have much more solidity in midfield, and with it, will likely return to their suffocating pressing of years past. We should expect much more defensive activity high up the pitch, and that Pochettino will run out more midfield twos this season than last year, allowing Dele, Son, Kane, and Lucas/Eriksen/Lo Celso all on the pitch together with Ndombele and one of Dier or Winks paired with him. Perhaps we may see that Lo Celso/Ndombele pivot behind Dele, Lamela, Son, and Kane (assuming Eriksen leaves).
While at their peak Spurs could put it together – as evidenced by their Champions League run – the team simply could not compete week in and week out in the Premier League. This season, things should be different, if a little thin at fullback.
And finally...Most likely though, Spurs have separated themselves from their London rivals and Manchester United, solidifying themselves as a low 80 point talent team.
Tottenham fans should marvel at how the team is set up for the next five years to come. Spurs’ age profile is once again where Daniel Levy wants it, with 23 and under talent across the pitch, including bought and loaned back prospect Jack Clarke at Leeds. Perhaps as Liverpool and Manchester City’ peak age players need to be refreshed in the next few years, Spurs will be poised to step into that potential void. No longer symbolic of Purgatory, Spurs appear poised to ascend to the football heavens in the next half decade.