It seems extraordinary that Chelsea would even think about letting their Player of the Year go, but it seems as though life isn't all that sweet for Juan Mata under Jose Mourinho. There were rumours throughout the summer about the Spaniard's future, and again when he missed the first few games of the season, but the Express are suggesting that Tottenham will be in with a bid in January to rid him of his Stamford Bridge woes. But where would he fit into an already packed midfield?
It wasn't so long ago that Emmanuel Adebayor was scoring goals for one of the biggest clubs on the planet - Real Madrid - in front of the near-90,000 spectators in attendance at the Santiago Bernabeu. Now, however, as Andre Villas-Boas moulds his Premier League squad into one of his liking, he is ready to send the Togolese forward on loan - to England's second division, according to the Mirror.
Tottenham had one of the finest transfer window of the summer, in my eyes. Although they lost Gareth Bale to the money and Champions League status of Real Madrid, they tightened up the remainder of their squad and added a wave of talent over the top. One of those signings was Vlad Chiriches, a Romanian centre-back who is hoping to plug Spurs' dodgy defence. But even with the 23-year-old, the defence doesn't look the sturdiest, so here are three players who I believe would be decent recruits in January.
I see this summer being a hugely positive one for Tottenham, despite their talisman Gareth Bale jumping ship to Real Madrid. They secured a deal for Roberto Soldado, who has already scored two in three games, and also added cover to the wider areas of the field in the shapes of Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela, as well as getting Andros Townsend back.
It seems an exciting time to be a Tottenham fan. Andre Villas-Boas has recruited Brazil international Paulinho, winger Nacer Chadli, French midfielder Etienne Capoue and Spanish striker Roberto Soldado - who has already scored two goals in two games so far this summer. Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen are also both thought to be on their way to White Hart Lane, but without Gareth Bale - who is fancied to finally secure his move to Real Madrid in the coming days, can Spurs think about challenging for the Premier League title? Well, if they were to clinch a deal for Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez, as the Mirror suggest, then I'd argue that they can.
The impending news of Gareth Bale's transfer to Real Madrid is the worst kept secret of the past month. Although numerous reports have been denied by Daniel Levy, Florentino Perez and the player himself, it would be remarkable if he actually ended up playing for Tottenham this season after all the speculation. If, then, the news that we are all expecting to hear is finally announced to the world and made official, what would be the best way for Spurs to reinvest the money and which positions require the most attention?
With Tottenham opening their season with a 1-0 win this weekend, we take a look at one of their new recruits - Paulinho.
1) The 14-time Belgium international started his professional career at Dutch side AGOVV Apeldoorn (that's easy for you to say) where he would go onto make 89 league appearances.
Gareth Bale will grace the Champions League once again. The question is: When?
With Tottenham completing the signing of Brazil international Paulinho from Corinthians Andre Villas-Boas is beginning to sculpt a squad that many fancy as real contenders for a Premier League challenge next season. But do they really stand a chance? We have a look at their midfield options and compare them to both Manchester United and Manchester City, both of whom will be vying to lift the trophy come May.