The general chatter in this latest saga of the summer transfer market indicates that Craig Bellamy would welcome a move from Eastlands to White Hart Lane. His reasons are his own, but a likely one is his desire to once again play in the Champions League, as well as frequent first team football. Tottenham are almost guaranteed a place in the group stages, since BSC Young Boys are as easy a draw as they could have hoped for.
With Tottenham desperate to negotiate with the much Premiership pedigreed Welsh striker, City hold all the cards, as they look to exploit their desperation as weakness. Football has never been played entirely on the pitch, and a great part of the modern game is the use of mind-games to hinder the chances of a rival team.
With rife rumours of Peter Crouch either replacing Yakubu at Everton, returning to Liverpool, or making a move to Newcastle United circling about, the Tottenham front line would welcome Bellamy with open arms. However, in this era of Sky Sports and billionaires, nothing is ever easy.
With Manchester City planning an assault on the league title this season, they would aim to keep their “best” players as they take on teams who were not so long ago, galaxies ahead of them. As such, City are pulling every trick in the book to ensure that their Champions League place contention rivals Spurs (who beat them to it back in May) are feeling as uneasy as possible before the season’s opener between the two sides at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Allegedly, such tactics include the refusal to return calls or emails, and with enough money to buy world peace, Manchester City will not be over anxious to sell him to one of their main rivals just for a little bit more money. By this logic, the unsettled Bellamy could be on his way to any side not considered to be “threatening” by Manchester City.
Earlier in this saga, there was talk of a return to his homeland through a deal with NPower Championship side Cardiff City – perennial promotion contenders – who are financially on the ropes, but City would stomach a drastically cut price for Bellamy – if he went that far away.
Undoubtedly, he possesses the kind of firepower Cardiff need to finally smash the glass roof of promotion, and considering their current financial stance, it is all or nothing for Cardiff, who need Premier League football now more than ever.
Perhaps the next Tottenham player’s knees up will feature Craig, singing into a 7 iron to ‘Please Release Me, Let Me Go…’