One year after rumours surfaced of Luka Modric handing in his transfer request, the saga could come to a sensational end in the next week or two with Real Madrid looking to steal the Croatian from Tottenham’s rivals, Chelsea.
The Champions League winners were said to have offered Spurs a fee in the region of £40 million, but this time is entirely different for Daniel Levy, as the Chairman will have an opportunity to sell abroad for a sum in a similar region of last year.
Real Madrid are said to have offered Spurs an approximate transfer fee of £30 million and a player exchange too according to The Sun. However, I struggle to see Ricardo Carvalho as a sensible option to be drafted in.
Of course with Nelsen being released and King, Gallas and Bassong unlikely to play for the club next season, it means that Tottenham will need one more centre-back to replace the previously over-staffed defence. With Vertonghen and Caulker being drafted in to replace these 4 out-goers, it means that realistically only one more defender will need to be brought in due to Bassong being sent out on loan last season and therefore adding no value in the latter part of the season.
But surely to bring in a 35 year old defender who lacks match fitness isn’t the wisest decision to make?
Even though he remained a first team favourite in the beginning part of the season, a back injury relatively early in the La Liga campaign saw Carvalho spend a considerable amount of time injured and as a result he only play 13 games in all competitions last season. However, the season prior to this he appeared a huge total of 43 times, which is very impressive for a 34 year old at the time.
With no doubt, if Carvalho is to come to Spurs,and reunite with former friend AVB who were together at Porto as part of Mourhino’s backroom staff, this would be a slight disappointment to Tottenham fans. How can a team who is selling their most prized asset to the La Liga champions settle for a player who has one or two years left in him? No Sahin, no Higuain or no Khedira, but instead a worn out defender who would not fit in to the new ethos of Spurs. Long term planning is what the new Spurs is about, and for Tottenham to bring in a player who would just sit on the bench and play in the occasional cup game would be a major blow to the new development of Tottenham.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!