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Friday, 25 May 2018

Man United won't pay Alderweireld wage demands

Man United won't pay Alderweireld wage demands


The world and his wife now know that Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new 5-year contract. There was never any doubt of that, despite all the rubbish written in the press by the fiction writers who call themselves journalists.

"Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success". Those were the words of Mauricio Pochettino and the most important word there is sustainable.

That tells us the existing policy continues, gambling is not an option, everything is done within our financial means, we grow as our income grows, we evolve, not revolutionalise.

A mountain was made out of a molehill because Pochettino knows who we are negotiating with, negotiations that have been going on way before the season ended. It is no secret that we want Anthony Martial and Matthijs de Ligt, both I understand want to join Spurs.

Money isn't an issue for Martial, de Ligt's fee could go sky high, too high for us, if all the top clubs start putting in bids. There is a determination to get him though.

Toby Alderweireld us demanding too much money for his age. The word is that Manchester United will not pay him the wages he is asking, nor will anyone else. Barcelona are said to have offered £22m for him last summer, his value would have come down since then.

If nobody is going to pay his wage demands then he either has to lower those demands or lower them and renegotiate with Spurs. Our offer is still on the table for him, but it is somewhere around £50,000-a-week lower than his current stance. Time will tell what is going to happen.

He has been injured for 223 days over the last three seasons, missing 46 games across all competitions for Tottenham and Southampton reports Spurs Stats Man on Twitter. That's an example that his negotiating position isn't as strong as he possibly thinks it is.

Isco is undoubtedly being targetted and André Gomes has been a long-term target who Barcelona are now willing to sell. The problem there is they always want a buyback clause, which we will not entertain. If we are in for him again it would be no surprise.

We are also looking at a wide man, well, an inverted winger with Malcolm a target and of course Ryan Sessegnon.

Those names should keep all fans happy. That is the market we are looking at, the quality of player we are looking at. The situation at Spurs has been totally misrepresented by these professional journalists and gullible fans have fallen for it.

In keeping with Spurs policy of having players sign new deals each season to give them wages increases and maintain maximum transfer value on them, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Heung-min Son, Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies are all expected to sign new contracts this summer.



Thursday, 24 May 2018

Isco wants to leave Real Madrid

Tottenham Target Isco Wants To Leave Real Madrid

Tottenham target Isco

Pochettino Likes Isco

Maurisio Pochettino has made personal phone calls to Real Madrid midfielder Isco before and made a big effort to sign him last summer. The Spanish international decided to stay in Spain, but now he has decided to leave, Pochettino will surely reignite his interest.

The 26-year-old (27 next April) was silly to stay an extra season and sign a new contract at because Real Madrid don't play a style that suits him, thus he was never going to be a regular starter in any of the big games.
Pochettino is a big admirer of Isco

It seems he has seen the error of his ways, having been left out of the Spanish World Cup squad and is seeking pastures anew. However, Real Madrid don't want to sell and the contract he signed has a £438.32 million (€500m) release clause despite being on only third tier wages at the club.

He is on a wage of around £100,000 a week (€115m), but money has never been the issue with him, playing time and the respect he feels he is deserving of have.

ITK suggests we are chasing a midfielder all fans would be happy with who isn't going to the World Cup and Isco, given our past interest and his style, looks very likely to be that man.

Could the discussion between Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy be about getting Isco and Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt to sign?


Pochettino calls to López
Friendly vs Napoli and Vincent Janssen Interest
Does Weigl Solve A Problem Pochettino Has At Spurs?
Spurs Focus On The Process, Fans Focus On The Outcome


Pochettino calls to López

Espanyol Midfielder Interests Pochettino

Pochettino calls to López

Pericos Online are suggesting that Mauricio Pochettino may have phoned 28-year-old (29 in October) RCD Espanyol centre-back David López. He has an offer from Valencia which he was informed about a week ago, but they suggest Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are also interested.

López has a £35.06 million (€40m) release clause in his contract that runs until 2020, but with a one-year extension clause too. Thet report that Espanyol are open to selling him, but will not lower his release clause at the moment.

He had an excellent last season and can also play as a defensive midfielder or a central midfielder.


Friendly vs Napoli and Vincent Janssen Interest
Does Weigl Solve A Problem Pochettino Has At Spurs?
Spurs Focus On The Process, Fans Focus On The Outcome


Friendly vs Napoli and Janssen news

SpursTo Play Napoli And Sevilla Want Janssen

Napoli to play pre-season friendly in Dublin vs Spurs

Spurs To Play Napoli

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport are reporting that Tottenham and Napoli are negotiating to play a pre-season friendly.

At the moment the only official friendly scheduled for Napoli is in Dublin on August 4th against Liverpool, but the club is planning to stay a week in Ireland and on August 7th could also play against Tottenham.

Sevilla Interested In Vincent Janssen

Vincent Janssen of interest to Sevilla

Spurs target Kasper Dolberg is interested in Sevilla. The Spaniards are looking for a new striker and two players are in the picture, of which Dolberg is one, Vincent Janssen is the other.

The highly-rated 20-year-old (21 in October) Ajax striker has been watched by Spurs for a couple of seasons at least now and a former Ajax player, Andy Van Der Meyde, has recently confirmed Mauricio POchettino is interested in Dolberg.

The young Danish international is under contract in Holland until 2021.


Does Weigl Solve A Problem Pochettino Has At Spurs?
Spurs Focus On The Process, Fans Focus On The Outcome


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Is Weigl Pochettino's main central-midfield target?

Does Weigl solve a problem Pochettino has at Spurs?

Is Weigl Pochettino's main central-midfield target?

The latest ITK suggests as one of our central midfield replacements we are looking at a player in Germany. The German market, to me, is narrowed down into two players.

First is 21-year-old (22 next February) Argentinian U-20 international defensive midfielder Santiago Ascacíbar, who plays for VfB Stuttgart and is under contract until 2022. Transfermarkt valuation: £13.5 million (€15.42m).

Second is 22-year-old (23 in September) German international midfielder Julian Weigl, who plays for Borussia Dprtmund and is under contract until 2021. Transfermarkt valuation: £27 million (€30.85m).

The Daily Mail suggest Manchester City are preparing a bid of £40 million (€45.7m) for Weigl, a player who has developed into one of the very best central defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga. My guess is that it is him we are targeting this summer. report that Real Madrid superstar and fellow German midfielder Toni Kroos has tipped Weigl to become "a world-class player". They say given the way the mature-beyond-his-years midfielder has progressed with giant strides so far, there is little to suggest the former Bayern Munich man will not be proven right.

He was named 1860 Munich captain at the age of 18, which suggests he has the right mental approach and his progression also suggests the same, vital in top-level sport and just the type of player Spurs need.

Dortmund signed him in 2015 with Sporting Director Michael Zorc saying at the time; "Weigl is one for the future for central midfield, and in whose enormous potential for development we believe".

He got his chance in a strong midfield and took it with such aplomb that he made 25 starts in 30 appearances in his first season, finishing with the best pass completion rate by a Borussia Dortmund player, 92%, and one of the best in the Bundesliga.

The appointment of Peter Stöger as Dortmund coach has seen Weiglgiven the role linking defence with the attack, the role Mousa Dembele performs for us. Dortmund play a 4-1-4-1 formation so his role in front of the defence is clearly a responsible one.

He is very composed on the ball, used to a high pressing game, an excellent passer of the ball, a playmaker from the back. It is this aspect of his game that I think is crucial to us. Dembele isn't a consistent picker of passes from the back and Wanyama isn't either.

Weigl would possibly solve that problem and it for that reason that I think he is one of Pochettino's main targets this summer.


Spurs Focus On The Process, Fans Focus On The Outcome


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Spurs Focusing On The Process, Not The Outcome

Spurs Focusing On The Process, Not The Outcome


Spurs are focusing on the process, not the outcome. What does that mean, well let's look at people's lives.

People feel anxiety because they are focusing on a specific outcome, if you focus on a process you take the anxiety away, which enables you to perform better or lead a happier, more successful life.

You feel anxiety about asking out a guy or a girl because you focus on the outcome of the question. That creates tension, you aren't relaxed and you are not seen at your best. People who complaining a lot are projecting the problems in their own lives onto other people, it's a defensive deflection action. These people don't get anywhere, all talk but no action, at least no successful action, action is often in the wrong areas for these people.

Tottenham are in a process, fans want specific outcomes and are unhappy when they don't get them. They complain, which is a problem they have in their lives that they are projecting onto Spurs. The fans who see the improvement at Spurs as a process are happy,

We appreciate that trophies will come, but we have to go through the process of learning how to win them. The Spurs aim is to compete at the very top, to compete for Champions League titles as well as Premier League titles and Cups.

To get there is a process, it takes money, thus the club has to be built financially. That process is well under way and the opening of the new stadium will take us a step closer, but it is an ongoing process, there is no end, just a continuum.

To win many trophies is a process, we have to build and put ourselves in a position to compete, which we are doing, so we are getting closer. Trophies will arrive as a matter of course, a matter of the process. If the players grasp that, then fear is dissipated and trophies become much easier to lift.

Both Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino understand the process concept, the calmness comes from understanding that and thus frantic supporters aren't an issue because both understand those people are looking at the wrong picture.

Getting behind the side in that process are what the true supporter should be doing, as that relieves pressure, that helps in a small way, the team to continue to progress. The less external pressure the better thus the greater the support the better the team will perform.



Transfer Talk - The Mousa Dembele Replacement

Transfer Talk - The Mousa Dembele Replacement

Transfer-Talk - The-Mousa-Dembele-Replacement
Transfer Talk - Wilmar Barrios - A possible Mousa Dembele replacement

In Transfer Talk - The Mousa Dembele Replacement we look at Wilmar Barrios

Regular Tottenham Hotspur Blog News (THBN) readers will know I promote Spurs looking for gems in the South African market before they become expensive in Europe. It may be there that we look to find a Mousa Dembele replacement, although you can see from the shortlist below there are many options for the position. How many of these will we be linked with?

Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth, Erik Lamela. are in the ranks and The Sun are suggesting Spurs are looking at 24-year-old (25 in October) Boca Juniors defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios, presumably to replace Mousa Dembele, who wants a final pay day and long contract.

ITK suggests that Dembele is unlikely to remain fit for the length of contract he is asking for, but it is believed he fully understands we can not offer what he wants. He is thus is looking to China to wind down his career while he can still command a high wage.

Finding a replacement for him is a priority so you can expect us to be linked with quite a few midfield players.

Wilmar Barrios Video

Wilmar Barrios is a 5'8" (1.78m) Colombian international, he has 8 full international caps, that we have no doubt asked Davinson Sanchez about. He joined Argentine Primera Division side Club Atlético Boca Juniors, who are based in La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, on 25 August 2016 for £1.63 million ($2.2m - €2.26), Transfermarkt now value him at £7 million ($9.43m - €8m).

He was a prospect brought in by Boca president Daniel Angeliciafter being recommended by club icon Mauricio “Chicho” Serna from his hometown club, Deportes Tolima, based in Cartegena, Colombia.

After his Boca Juniors debut, Serna, who was watching from the stands said: “He is in great form, he is made to wear the Boca colours. For a rival to pass him they will have to prance around him twice.”

The Colombian Kante is under contract until 2020 and he certainly shows some Dembele like qualities in the video above. He has been named in Colombia's provision 35 man squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer and has picked up the Coppa Colombia in 2014 and the Argentinian Primera Division title in 2016/17.

Spanish LaLiga side Real Betis are keen to push for a European place next season and boss Quique Setien Boca has sent scouts to see him play.

Spanish news outlet Estadio Deportivo report that Real Betis are willing to pay anything up to £14.88 million ($20.04m - €17m) for his services, a valuation that could well increase after the World Cup. This is probably where the Sun's estimate of £25 million ($33.68m - €28.56m) comes from.

One stumbling block for us is that Boca Juniors officials are trying to get him to sign a new and improved contract to remain at the club. Barrios is aware of European interest in him and the Argentinian club want to place a £22.27 million ($30m - €25.44m) release clause in his contract, although other reports suggest they want to insert a clause of at least £14.85 million ($20m - €16.96m). That is not in place at the moment.

Mauricio Pochettino dispatched a scout to watch Colombia play Australia at Craven Cottage. Barrios stood out. Both Real Betis and Spurs have enquired about him to establish the sort of figures Boca are talking about.

Reports in Argentina suggest Boca appreciate that they can not compete with offers from Europe and they would be willing to accept an offer, but that he could only leave at the end of the year, South American contracts and season run differently to those in Europe. The club have targeted the Copa Libertadores and don't want to lose Barrios while they are still in the competition.

Barriose is central to any Boca Juniors hopes, but he looks just the type of player who would be a big hit for us in the centre of our midfield. This is a connection to take seriously


David Moyes Needs A Daniel Levy Type Chairman


Saturday, 19 May 2018

David Moyes Needs A Daniel Levy Type Chairman

David Moyes Needs A Daniel Levy Type Chairman

I see many Tweets like this and it reminds me that David Moyes did unquestionably a good job at Everton. What he needs is a club with a long-term plan, a club that will allow him to build it into a mid-table Premier League side and take it from there. That may well be a 10-year plan if it is a club coming from the Championship.

He has shown he can build a side with a limited budget so a brave chairman needs to appoint him and let him know he is going to be there for 5-years, if the club are heading in the right direction, and that may mean going backwards before they can go forward.

Daniel Levy had a vision and has built Tottenham into a top 4 side while our rivals when he joined us are nowhere to be seen, some are not even in the Premier League anymore. West Ham have made a mess of their move which puts into perspective the job Daniel levy has done.

A manager like David Moyes needs a chairman with the vision and determination of Daniel Levy because we have seen that he is going to struggle with short term, must have an immediate impact now, type appointments. The trouble is,financially, the Premier League is the be all and end all of football in this country.

Much derided, but his stint at Everton shows in the right circumstances with the right chairman, he can do a decent job.



Friday, 18 May 2018

Kane signs a new deal

Harry Kane Signs A New Deal

Harry Kane Signs For Hugo Boss

Harry Kane has signed a new deal, not at Tottenham but with top fashion house Hugo Boss in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup.

The Spurs and England striker linked up with Brazil and Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, German and PSG winger Julian Draxler and Spanish and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to launch the Hugo Boss Parfum Soccer Campaign.

Source: The Sun

Spurs Tried To Sign Patrick Kluivert

Justin Kluivert: ”I’m not renewing my contract at Ajax. The decreasing morale, lack of confidence and trying to sell me to Tottenham without me knowing. I heard about that at the last minute.”

Another young striker we tried to sign last summer without success. He decided he didn't want to join Tottenham and as his comments show, it was nothing to do with the package that was offered to him. Spurs asked to include him in the Sanchez deal and Ajax were open to the discussion, but alas, it was not to be.

Some agenda driven fans were blaming Levy not offering enough, Kluivert shows these opinions were not based on fact and were flatly wrong.


Tottenham Very Close To Barcelona Signing


Tottenham very close to Barcelona signing

Tottenham are very close to signing Barcelona youth player Riqui Puig

Tottenham are very close to signing Barcelona youth starlet Riqui Puig

Tottenham are very close to Barcelona Signing

Tottenham are very close to a Barcelona signing. Riqui Puig is a star of the renown Masia, the youth Academy of FC Barcelona and has not yet accepted the renewal offer made to him.

Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan and Spurs have been in contact with his advisers over  move to Spurs. He has multiple offers, including one to play for Barcelona B, but a report in Spain suggests he is tempted by the Tottenham project.

After playing a spectacular Youth League season and debuting with Barça B,18-year-old (19 in August) central midfielder Riqui Puig has captured the attention of the best teams in Europe. Of all of them, the one that has had more advanced talks is Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan

Manager Pochettino, who is said to be 'in love' with the Matadapera boy's game, and Spurs have tried to convince him to join what the Spanish media call a very attractive sports project. Contacts are at an advanced stage, although a final decision has not been made yet.

At Barça they are aware that Riqui has many offers and that he has many doubts about signing his renewal with the Spanish champions. For this reason, his presence in Barça B has been reduced and he only plays with the Juvenile A Copa del Rey. The same goes for most of his colleagues who have not renewed contracts either.

His future will be decided in the next few days. The offers are already on the table and he just needs to make a final decision.

Sport ES suggest Riqui Puig could well be playing in the Premier League next season wearing the Tottenham shirt.




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