Spurs launch �36m mega Real deal
TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy has begun talks with Real Madrid over a stunning �36million swoop for Arjen Robben, Gabriel Heinze and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy has begun talks with Real Madrid over a stunning �36million swoop for Arjen Robben, Gabriel Heinze and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. (The Sun)
Levy went to Spain to seal a deal for the trio who, despite their quality, are surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu following Kakas arrival and the impending capture of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The White Hart Lane chairman had discussions with sporting director Miguel Pardeza, who has been put in charge of a clear-out at Real.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp made Ruud van Nistelrooy his prime target, but Levy has yet to be convinced the 32-year-old former Manchester United striker, who would command �90,000 a week, would be good business following his return from almost a season out with a knee injury.
Instead, Tottenham have moved for 25-year-old former Chelsea winger Robben, Huntelaar, also 25, and Heinze, a long-time target.
Robben is the surprise of the trio. In his first season at the Bernabeu he helped Madrid become champions, his fourth league title in six years.
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Despite being hampered by injury at the start of the 2008-2009 season, he put in colossal displays against Valencia as part of a solid campaign.
Robben also scored Spain's goal of the season for a second time. Against Villarreal, he skipped past four players down the right wing and finished with a brilliantly-struck long-range effort.
Madrid, however, are in the market for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. Robben, who has three years left on his contract, is unwilling to leave and wants to fight his way into the plans of new coach Manuel Pellegrini.
Heinze has an offer on the table from his former club Paris St Germain but the 31-year-old has yet to accept it, while it is unclear whether Huntelaar would want to cut his losses and move to the Premier League after just one season in Spain following his transfer from Ajax.
The move for Heinze, however, casts doubt over the future of Gareth Bale at Tottenham.
The former Southampton youngster has failed to command a regular place at White Hart Lane under Redknapp.