Tottenham are looking to step up their pursuit of Spanish legend David Villa this week and will send their new Technical Director Franco Baldini to speak with the forward.
The Daily Mail report that Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas is keen to bring a genuinely world class striker to the club after Jermaine Defoe failed to perform to a consistently high standard and Emmanuel Adebayor disappointed for the majority of the campaign.
Villa has won the games top prizes
Villa would certainly fit the description of world class. He is part of Spain’s golden generation and is the country’s all-time top goal scorer. He has won everything there is to win in the game. As well as the European Championships and World Cup he has won 11 club trophies including two La Liga titles and the 2010-11 Champions League.
He has also been named Spanish Player of the Year, won the Golden Boot in Euro 2008 and was named in the UEFA and FIFA team of the year in 2010.
He’ll play a key role at Tottenham
At 31 years of age, Villa still has some fuel left in the tank and may feel he has a point to prove after spending much of his time at Barcelona either injured or in Lionel Messi’s shadow.
Villa arrived at the Nou Camp for €40m three years ago and has scored 48 goals in 116 games. It is a decent record but he could be more impressive at White Hart Lane where he is likely to play much more of a key role.
He is likely to cost Tottenham around £10m. If he proves to be the missing piece of the jigsaw and fires them into the Champions League he could be one of the bargains of the season.
Bale could stay at Spurs
Of course Tottenham’s Champions League hopes will almost certainly depend on Gareth Bale’s future. He is constantly being linked with a move to Real Madrid. However, the Welshman seems happy in North London and new Real boss Carlo Ancellotti appears to be focusing on bringing Luis Suarez to the Bernabeu.
It could mean that the White Hart Lane faithful can look forward to seeing Bale and Villa lining up together for Tottenham next season.