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Ding Dong Modric Gone! Here’s Who We Should Buy With The Money

Now that Tottenham Hotspur appear to have finally sold Luka Modric to Real Madrid, we look at how they could best use the money to improve the squad further.

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Guest post by Darren Perry:

……and exhale! It appears we have FINALLY sold the magic Modric maestro to mighty Madrid. However, it’s nowhere near the £40m that Chelsea offered last year, or what Levy wanted this time round.

According to the Independent we have settled for £23.6m now, and a further £3.9m in bonuses. Initially this seems quite surprising knowing how much Levy likes to drive a bargain, after all he is the man who Alan Sugar called ‘the toughest negotiator his ever faced”. However, Levy isn’t as cold hearted as people like to make out, indeed its well known within the medical industry that the NHS send Levy a bag of stones each week just so he can squeeze the blood from them. But the Real (Madrid) question here is not did we get the right price but simply… ‘Is it enough?’

So what do we need, at a glance it seems 2 strikers, a goalkeeper, and a straight up replacement for Modric himself. Now £23.6m will be lucky to stretch across those areas, but let’s delve a little further…. We already have holding midfield players in Sandro, Parker and new England boy Livermore, plus the return of one who likes to spray some passes around in Thudd.

On the attaching central midfield side we also have VdV plus Sigurdsson who has done very well pre season. Moutinho often gets a mention at this point, but do we really need to? We can only play 2/3 central midfielders and there’s 6 players just mentioned there. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love Moutinho to be playing out the balls like Louie Spence at a disco, but let’s look at the money we have to work with here (as I’m not subscribing to the recent ‘new money’ theory, de-listing from the stock exchange and having Joe pump some in, let’s just stick with what we ‘know’ for the time being).

With the keeper situation appears we have failed with a bid to land Lloris (source: Sun), but we CAN get Cesar on a free from Inter Milan and the Brazilian national goalkeeper has been in fine form over recent years and is also still only 32.

The biggest problem is upfront, Defoe once again showed what a class striker he is for England on Wednesday, once again coming off the bench, but we need more options. I’d love to see our highly rated youngster Souleymane Coulibaly get some appearances from the subs bench this year (as well as a strong run in the league cup) and he has the skills to be knocking on the first team door like an irate Johovas witness.

Realistically though we need some more experienced firepower up front, and Adebayor appears to be nearing closer once more after Mancini said he has no future at City, and it seems they will even agree to pay him some of the transfer fee which is what previously stalled the move, it would be a great deal around £5m, so that still leaves around £18m for Llorente or Damiao.

Damiao has dancing close and far with us for the last 3 years. 3 years, that’s quite an unbelievable time to be ‘linked’ with a striker and if our ‘special relationship’ with Internacional meant that much then surely he’d be with his old team mate Sandro right now?

So, I’m not too sure he will end up with us in truth, but Llorente on the other hand seems like a good bet. He’s 6.5ft, scored 30 goals last year, and is at his peak being 27 years of age. The Daily Mail report that Atletico are holding out for his £28m buy-out clause but I’m confident we could nab him for a little less, or even pay the money bang on buy offloading Jenas, Dos Santos, Bentley and some other fringe players, regardless of AvB saying he wants to give them a chance. Give Spurs a better chance and get Llorente!

Arsenal may have sold RVP (brilliant news for us by the way!!) but Wenger has said he won’t be in the market again as he has already replaced him with Podolski and Giroud which leaves us clear to go for Fernando, which would be a great partnership with either Defoe (works well with a big man as seen with Crouch) or Adebayor (2 monsters up front with Bale, Lennon, Gylfi, and VdV supplying the bullets).

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Modric is reportedly flying to Madrid as I write this and should sail through the medical (don’t ask me why he bought a boat to a medical, but that’s not the point) giving us the funds to launch the transfers, but be quick about it Levy, put down the bag of stones and get us Llorente, I don’t even mind if that’s the only other signing we make as we have cover for Modric in the middle, and we can wheel Friedel out for another year, but Llorente (or a top notch striker) is clearly an absolute must by this weekend!

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Who do you think Tottenham should buy with the Modric cash? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Super

    August 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I think we should invest in a natural predator.My first choice would be Falcao of A.Madrid,he is pure class,and maybe Huntelaar,he always seems to find the net,and they would be awesome together.

    • Andrew

      August 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Agreed ‘Super’, these are good sugegstions but unfortunately it doesn’t seem we’re looking in that direction, at least not for this transfer window. Who knows what could happen in January.

  2. AllWhiteMark

    August 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    According to te daily telegraph and sky sports news this morning the fee was actually £30 mill with add ons upto £38 mill. This would make more sense with regard dl acceptance. Forget the likes of damaio and lorente, they just wont come without cl. In case of damaio buy out clause is £47 mill. Ade will be about it for now. Hopefully a gk and a mod replacement too. Still hope we do pull someone big out of the hat last minute, but i doubt it.

    • Andrew

      August 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      We usually do but who could it be this time? Our last day magic act was to bring in VdV last time up, so I hope it is someone good even if we don’t settle on Ade.

  3. pasco

    August 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    Wikipedia is reporting him sold for £27.5m which matches the figure above although its source is a few days ols

  4. joeyd

    August 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Can,t believe same situation again all talk and no action Harry Kane and Defoe as strikers god help us.Forget about Ade only cares about money not interested in Spurs or he would be there ready for the first game.

  5. spotty

    August 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Lorrente, dream on.

    • Andrew

      August 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Not an impossible dream I think. Llorente is fed up with his current club. So though teh asking price is steep to bring him in, it isn’t unlikely that he could move for less especially now that Arsenal may have taken themselves out of the picture.

  6. Big T

    August 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Does Joeyd think Ardiles joined because he loved the club? Anyone we sign will be signing for the money!!!

  7. Andrew

    August 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    You’re right Darren; Souleymane Coulibaly should get a better look in even more than Harry Kane, but I disagree with you on one very pressing point. Jenas, Bently and the aging Gallas should be sold as to me they are surplus. It would be nice getting Moutinho and M’Vila or if we could take a shot at the attacking midfielder prospects in Ever Benega and Ander Herrera, that would be nice and cheaper than Moutinho, yet what I disagree with is that we get rid of the Brazilian born Mexican star Giovanni dos Santos.

    He has way too much upside and is way to versatile to give away for a 32 year old keeper who Inter sees fit to do away with and whos skills may be ever so slightly declining for some odd reason. At 32, the man’s no spring chicken although neither Brad Friedel who’s much older but in great shape. We’ve had our fair share of horrors with our own Brazilian keeper Gomes. Dos Santos can play attacking midfield, striker and right wing, perfect in an AVB system which is why he wouldn’t mind sticking around in the Lilywhite. As a matter of fact, other than Bale and maybe (maybe) Vertonghen, Caulker and Kyle Walker, I would go out on a limb and say we have no other player on our roster with as much talent who combines pace, passing ability, skill and is calm in fromnt of goal. he is better than Chicharito and Carlos Vela, yet we’re looking to dump the 23yr old youngster on the cheap. To me, I think you should look that one over Darren.

    • Gazza

      August 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Agree whole-heartedly about dos Santos. Surely, after Gio has been mistreated/neglected for four years by Redknapp, and still he is willing to let bygones be bygones — showing a lot of character in my book — someone on the Tottenham staff will take the trouble to look at his brilliant performances for Mexico?

      • Andrew

        August 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        Indeed Gazza, and I too agree. I’m usually not a fan of anyone in particular, just love seeing good football. however you can’t help but feel for the youngster, understand his frustration and root for him, because we all know he’s not just over-blown hype. He does have the skills and doesn’t run his mouth.

        If Mexico, a country who isn’t short of footballing talent, can put him on their team, neatly present him with a number 10 jersey and let him roam the field. young player award for World Cup 2010, bronze boot, star of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, really impressive loan spell at Racing Santander and still he gets no respect. What’s the guy gotta do you wonder.

        • Darren Perry

          August 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

          Hi Andrew and Gazza,
          I do agree to ‘some’ extent with regards to Dos Santos. Clearly the boy has quality, as he showed at various clubs and internationally, BUT i see him as a type of Jaun Veron figure, great elsewhere but really not suited to the premiership. we all know (and knew) he had quality, but it never really translated to these shores. in his 15 league games with us (over 3 years) he has not scored a goal, and only made 1 assist (wiki page) which for an attacking player is not good. i will expect gylfi to have at least 3 or 4 goals and probably the same assists at that stage. granted it takes time to settle in a new country but this isnt a nobody where talking about, this is a player who should have made a place for himself in the team by now. his been there long enough, i just dont know if the premiership is the right league for him……. then again, modric looked out of his depth in the first year! :-s. personally id love to see him come good, but i just have a feeling he’ll move abroad in december after a few bit part starts for us under avb.

  8. nana kojo

    August 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

    hahahahaha, u guys are really funny, u cnt even buy Adebayor nd u re talkn of Llorente. ps stop dreaming and join The Red Army of North London cause The Purple Reign starts now. lol.

  9. Stokie Spur

    August 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Levy should splash the cash, and right now before it’s too late again. Last season we could have won the league if he put his money where his mouth is, or was ‘Arry saying everything’s ok Dan? Guess we’ll never know? AVB should try the youngsters more, Bale up the middle until a throughbred striker is bought, then he would learn, Bale would destroy defenders like Terry and Co. with his pace, his skill and he can head the ball too! Llorent, Adebayor, no thanks, we let Crouchy go who was better than both of them. Let Defoe and anyone else who doesn’t want to play for the club go, an unhappy player is useless, look at Modric, 4 years and only a few goals? Thought he was supposed to be world class, the only class he thinks about is an S-Class, for when his Bentley goes for a service. When Modric goes I shall say good riddance to bad rubbish. If we want to dominate again we need people like Falcao and/or Huntelaar, both who are world class, would even risk a cheeky bid for Suarez, don’t like some of his antics, but atleast he knows where the back of the net is, maybe even Rhodes of Huddersfield would be worth a £5m punt.

  10. Peterdavies

    August 21, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Hernandez, Johnson, Foster will do me. Or Berbatov. Why not ? If we can get Sahin on loan as part of Modric deal even better. Fosters n underrated keeper, better bet than Lloris or Cesar. We need cover for Lennon who always gets injured . Livermore is not good enough . But I love the idea of seeing how Hernandez and Dos Santos link up.

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