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Rose Saga: Why Spurs should sell to Man Utd, not Chelsea

It was the interview no Tottenham fan ever wanted to see.

In a revealing sit-down with The Sun, Danny Rose admitted that time is running out in his career to win trophies and medals and he’d be willing to discuss a move away from north London to be able to do so.

“Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal”

The 27-year-old told The Sun that he wasn’t planning on submitting an official transfer request to force through a move, but he’d be willing to discuss offers that came in from other clubs.

“I’m not saying I want out, but if something came to me that was concrete, I’d have no qualms about voicing my opinions to anyone at the club.”

Rose has indicated that he’s growing disillusioned with the perceived lack of ambition at Tottenham and the slow transfer activity that has seen Spurs fail to bring in a new face thus far this summer. Moreover, he’s expecting a pay rise when he negotiates his next contract, inferring that he feels undervalued by the club and isn’t paid what he’s worth.

These are issues that other, more financially imbued, clubs can readily resolve, hence Rose’s eagerness to try and engineer a move elsewhere.

RealSport understand that Rose would prefer a move to one of Manchester United or Chelsea, so we’re looking at which would be best for the left back.

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho isn’t yet satisfied with United’s transfer business this summer and reports have emerged that he’s keen to switch his attention to Rose if the Red Devils fail in their pursuit of Ivan Perisic and Gareth Bale, which is looking likely.

For Danny Rose

From Rose’s perspective, this is a great move. United are finally beginning to look the side that Sir Alex Ferguson left behind in terms of quality, though the mentality is still some way short of that engineered under the Scot.

Having won three trophies last season, Mourinho has further demonstrated his trophy-winning pedigree and it offers Rose a chance to win a piece of silverware, perhaps even the Premier League title.

United are willing to open the chequebook when it comes to players they desperately want and a move would see Rose earn over £100k p/w, satisfying his desire to earn a wage he feels reflects his worth. It also won’t leave too bitter a taste in the mouths of Spurs supporters.

For Man Utd

For Mourinho’s counter-attacking, low block defensive system, Rose is a great addition. He offers speed, trickery and directness on the counter-attack, attributes United lack in defence.

It’s proven difficult to play for Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian, pure defenders rather than winger-wingback hybrids, especially in a 3-5-2 formation, but Rose would correct this deficiency.

For Tottenham

If Spurs do decide to sell Rose this summer in light of his outrageous interview with The Sun, United are perhaps the best suitor in terms of the benefits the selling club receive.

The Lilywhites are in a strong position when it comes to Rose. He signed a five-year deal only last summer, so his value is protected for the next couple of years, and they’re in a position in which they don’t actually need to sell, especially as Rose didn’t explicitly state that he wanted to leave or that he’d hand in a transfer request.

It means Spurs can demand an extortionately high fee. Moreover, Mourinho has players in his squad he doesn’t want, namely Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.

Prior to his move to Old Trafford, Shaw was one England’s most promising youth prospects and excelled under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton. Perhaps the Argentine can get the best out of him once more if he overcomes his fitness issues?

Martial, too, would be a great addition to Tottenham and he offers directness, power and speed on the left flank, as well as an ability to beat defenders and fire shots on goal.

Selling to United allows for Spurs to include players they need in a part exchange deal.

Chelsea

I’m eager to understand how Chelsea fits into Rose’s perception of “up north,” but he reportedly is keen to join Antonio Conte’s title-winners if they were to table an offer.

“I will say this too,” Rose said. “I will play up north. I don’t know exactly when, but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere.”

Last time I checked, Chelsea were still based in west London.

For Danny Rose

Chelsea offers arguably the same prospect as Manchester United. At Stamford Bridge, Rose will likely be able to fulfil his desire to win trophies and Roman Abramovich would undoubtedly offer him a mammoth wage packet to reflect his perceived worth.

However, Marcos Alonso had a fantastic season and there’s the argument that Rose wouldn’t be undisputed first choice as he would at Old Trafford. He’d likely slot into a rotational system, but there’s every chance he ousts Alonso as first choice by the mid-way point of the campaign.

Moreover, Chelsea are enduring some turbulence at present. The squad is thin, Conte is unhappy with the summer activity and there are doubts over whether he’ll continue at the club. Is this the best environment to join?

In truth, it doesn’t matter too much. Chelsea are notorious for turning over both players and managers on a regular basis, yet still manage to keep the silverware incoming.

“I’ll never forget how some fans treated me when I signed a contract… I got a lot of stick before Mauricio came to the club. I’ll never forget some of things they said about me.”
The big issue with a move to west London, though, is that Rose would be joining one of Spurs’ most hated rivals. I think for the player it genuinely doesn’t make a shred of difference, based on the loyalty demonstrated in his interview, but if he thought the stick he got prior to Pochettino’s arrival was bad, just wait and see what this move would herald…

For Chelsea

Chelsea benefit in the same way United do. In Rose, they get the Premier League’s best left back, one that made it into the PFA Team of the Year despite missing half the season through injury.

He fits Conte’s counter-attacking style of play and his speed and energy on the left flank offers a great attacking outlet to complement and support Eden Hazard on the same side of the pitch.

Moreover, it solves a key issue in their squad in terms of depth. Conte has complained about the diminishing size of the Blues’ squad and having a pair of wing backs to rotate through the season will be key to success, given the importance placed on the position in the Italian’s system.

For Tottenham

The encouraging thing about having both Chelsea and United interested in Rose is that Daniel Levy can do what he does best and spark a bidding war to drive his price up and both clubs will be willing to spend around £50-60 million to acquire him. Either way, therefore, Spurs will benefit financially.

However, there’s no upside whatsoever in selling the 27-year-old to the Blues. The boardroom will be perceived in a terrible light by the fanbase for committing the unforgivable act of selling to a London rival, whilst there aren’t many players Chelsea would be willing to send the other way to sweeten the deal, whereas United have a few in their ranks that would solve a few problems in the Spurs squad.

Our verdict: Manchester United

Whilst no Spurs fan or member of staff, for that matter, wants to see Danny Rose leave the club, the fact of the matter is that it might become an inevitability in the near future.

If it does, there’s only one option here in terms of selling within the Premier League. It’s unspeakable to sell to Chelsea, leaving just United as an option.

Moreover, the Red Devils will pay over the odds and be able to offer players in exchange to sweeten the deal.

Arsenal Facing Battle to Sign £30m Title-winner

With the 2016-17 Premier League season coming to a close, the plans to recruit for many top-flight outfits in the summer have begun, in order to wage a stronger push for both domestic and European successes in the coming campaign.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are no exception, and it has emerged that the two bitter rivals – according to a report published by ​The Times – are interested in capturing Leicester City’s £30m-rated winger Riyad Mahrez.

The intricate 26-year-old winger only signed a new deal at the Foxes last summer, although the Algerian international is said to desire Champions League football. Leicester have been unable to repeat their heroics of last season and while they enjoyed a run in the Champions League, the report claims that the Foxes are concerned they’ll need to sell.

Due to the sudden lull in the player’s performances, it has been said that the Blues are willing to let the former Le Harve winger leave once the current campaign is over, alerting the likes of the Gunners and Spurs in particular towards his usually prolific services.

Although with Champions League football supposedly being a determiner in his ultimate decision, it may seem that Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites hold the upper hand over Arsene Wenger’s stuttering fold in signing the playmaker.

Tottenham have successfully secured Champions League football this season by finishing second in the standings, while Arsenal have finished a point behind Jurgen Klopp’s 4th placed Liverpool.

Spurs Unconcerned by Potential £40m Approach for Star Man From PL Rival

Tottenham Hotspur believe they will able to ward off a transfer offer from Manchester United for their defensive midfielder Eric Dier.

According to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old England international is being courted by Jose Mourinho and the Red Devils for an outstanding fee of £40m.

Tottenham have no intention of selling one of their best players to a Premier League rival as they sit second place in the league and have secured a Champions League spot.

Spurs are also in the transitional process of moving from White Hart Lane to Wembley due to the construction of the new stadium and will stay at Wembley for the year, furthering the motivation behind keeping their key players.

They also believe Eric Dier himself will not be attracted by Manchester United’s offer despite their financial status in world football and the recent cap of player pay rises from Spurs’ Chairman Daniel Levy.

Under Mourinho, fifth placed Manchester United have sold off midfielders such as Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, instead utilising the expertise of Michael Carrick as well as the flare of Paul Pogba to get through the season.

With Michael Carrick’s contract coming to an end soon, Manchester United are trying to find a solid player to strengthen their midfield and dictate the pace of the game.

This season, Dier has made 44 appearances for Spurs, scoring two goals and has an 87% passing accuracy average, with 1,502 successful passes made.

In previous years, Manchester United have purchased Tottenham’s top players, including Dimitar Berbatov and most notably, Michael Carrick.

Currently on £50,000 a week, Eric Dier has progressed with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur in what seems to be a new era in the Premier League, whereby Spurs are far stronger than in previous years.

Tottenham Face Storng Competition From Mega Rich Club for Premier League Winger

Tottenham have reportedly been in pursuit of Crystal Palace’s winger Wilfried Zaha for many months now, having bids rejected for him in the summer. However, they now face very stiff competition from mega rich German side RB Leipzig.

The German side are owned by energy drink company Red Bull and have lots of money to their name, which is the reason for why other supporters in the Bundesliga dislike them as they feel they have bought their way to the top.

RB Leipzig are most likely going to be in the Champions League next season and are looking to bulk up their squad with top quality players, with Zaha being on their list, according to the  Daily Mirror.

The German outfit currently sit 2nd in the Bundesliga and are shock contenders for the title behind Bayern Munich.

Spurs had a reported £14m bid rejected for the 24-year-old in the summer and are likely to go back in for him again during the summer transfer window.

They are going to need to up that bid though even more though this time, as with RB Leipzig interested Palace will most likely push for a higher price, and with the German side being mega rich they will have the funds to do it.

Mauricio Pochettino makes surprise statement ahead of Man City clash

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has stoked the fires ahead of Saturday’s visit to the Etihad stadium by suggesting that his team are a bigger club than Manchester City.

The Argentine has faced counterpart Pep Guardiola on a number of occasions when they were managing in La Liga at Espanyol and Barcelona respectively. Whilst the now City boss has the better record, Pochettino believes that things are very different in England and even suggested that Spurs were a bigger club than their opponents.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via Four Four Two), the Tottenham manager said: “(In Spain) the gap was massive, massive. Now, historically Tottenham is bigger than Manchester City. The fans are bigger at Tottenham.

“You can compare in Spain. Between Espanyol and Barcelona, you can measure the gap. Here, it’s too difficult to measure the gap. It’s a completely different world.”

Whilst Pochettino and his men head into the match full of confidence, having won all of their last seven matches, life is very different for Guardiola’s team who have received plenty of criticism this week, after slipping to a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Everton last weekend.

Questions are now being asked of the City manager’s credentials as his side continue to fall away from league leaders Chelsea, but he will have been comforted by Pochettino’s kind words, as the Spurs boss was quick to defend his record and suggested that it is too early to make any judgements.

He added: “It means nothing for City to lose to Everton. It does not change my admiration or my thoughts about him (Guardiola). Sometimes you can win, you can lose. That is the game.

“He doesn’t need to show his quality, his real quality as a coach and how he manages the team. He’s shown enough at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“Sometimes it’s about managing expectations. You cannot win titles after a few months. You need to wait until the end. And I’m sure Guardiola will fight with Manchester City at the end for big things.”

Premier League club lining up an audacious move to land Tottenham ace

Ronald Koeman is allegedly ready to end Ross Barkley’s Everton career by using him in an audacious – and slightly ridiculous – swap deal for Tottenham Hotspur’s Moussa Sissoko.

With the January transfer window set to open in a week’s time, silly season is truly upon us as the ​Daily Mirror claims that the Blues boss wants to trade his Toffees star for powerful midfield man Sissoko.

The red top reports that Koeman has run out of patience with Barkley after the 23-year-old’s inconsistent form throughout this term and, having been beaten to the signature of Sissoko by Tottenham on the final day of the summer transfer window, is keen to send Barkley to White Hart Lane in a deal that would bring France international Sissoko to Goodison Park.

Koeman has made it known that he intends to strengthen his first-team squad in the winter window, with his side currently stuck in ninth position in the league with just 23 points from 17 matches, and is already looking to add fresh blood in the shape of Manchester United duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay.

However, the Mirror’s report that Koeman would be willing to sacrifice Barkley, for someone who has often failed to show his talent on a regular basis, is ludicrous in the extreme, particularly when transfers involving player exchanges rarely work out for either or both clubs.

The ex-Southampton boss only recently told reporters that he was not willing to entertain the ridiculous speculation and conjecture that greeted football managers during the bi-annual transfer window, with Barkley only being linked with a £35m move to Spurs on December 14.

He had stated: “I’m not interested in what you write about the futures of players because there’s nobody knocking on the door.”

The 53-year-old will also know that allowing Barkley to trade Merseyside for the bright lights of London would not go down well with Evertonians, especially when the attacking midfielder has been viewed as the ‘next big thing’ to roll off the Finch Farm production line for the past few seasons.

Sissoko himself has failed to light up the Premier League since he completed a £30m transfer from Championship outfit Newcastle United, and would need to win over a large swathe of the Goodison faithful if he ever decided to head back up North after he claimed that the Toffees failed to secure his signature after they ​”dithered” over making an official bid for him in the summer.

The 27-year-old has found a starting place in Mauricio Pochettino’s team hard to come by in 2016/17, but will no doubt want to fight for regular game time at a club still playing continental football, even if it is in UEFA’s sister tournament the Europa League.

Barkley has notched three goals and two assists in 17 appearances for Everton this season, and will next be in action against Leicester City on Boxing Day.

Sissoko, meanwhile, has just two assists in 14 games for Tottenham and may play a part in their away trip to Southampton on Monday.

Tottenham star are not going to sign a new deal as he wants to win the trophies

​Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is reluctant to sign a new contract at the club, according to ​the Express.

Lloris signed for the north London side back in 2013 and has been one of their most consistent performers ever since, becoming the club’s captain in the process. However, there are fears Lloris could reject a contract extension if he believes the club does not match his trophy ambitions.

Lloris won two trophies with Lyon, but any chance of silverware this year looks slim, with Spurs already out of the Champions League and the EFL Cup, as well as being seven points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea. The goalie is keen to start winning trophies, having come close in the summer with France at Euro 2016, reaching the final before losing to Portugal.

The closest Spurs have come to winning a trophy during Lloris’ stay at the club has been their run to the 2015 League Cup final, where they lost to Chelsea, and their Premier League title challenge last season, when they ultimately finished third behind champions Leicester and bitter rivals Arsenal.

Despite their exit from the Champions League, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is adamant the club will deal with European competition better next year should they qualify. The club will drop down to the Europa League should they avoid defeat in their final group game at home against CSKA Moscow.

Lloris signed a contract extension with the White Hart Lane club back in 2014 which is set to run until 2019, but Spurs are eager to announce the France international as their latest contract renewal. Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen have both signed new deals at the club over the past week while Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have also penned fresh contracts in recent times.

Deal Close: Tottenham star on the verge of signing a new contract

Tottenham’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen will sign a contract extension until 2018 with the club, making him one of Spurs’ top earners, according to the  Mirror.

The news comes following reports that several players at the North London club, including captain Hugo Lloris and striker Harry Kane, are renegotiating their deals less smoothly.

Despite being one of the most lucrative at the club, it is not expected that Vertonghen’s new contract will take him above £100,000 per week, as chairman Daniel Levy holds firm on his now infamous wage structure.

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Vertonghen joined Spurs from Ajax in 2012 and has become a key player in Mauricio Pochettino’s impressive backline.

A new deal for the Belgian international will delight fans, who are keen to see one of their star players commit to the club amid transfer rumours involving some of Europe’s top clubs.

While Tottenham mainstays Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli have all recently put pen to paper on extensions, the Mirror also reports that Lloris’ deal is far from complete, with player and club believed to be a million miles apart in their demands.

The France stopper, whose current deal expires in 2019, is looking for a significant increase in his weekly wage, in the face of resistance from Levy and the Spurs’ hierarchy.

However the club have insisted that no talks are planned with the former Lyon keeper until the summer.

Former Liverpool defender reveals why he rejected Tottenham move

Former defender Phil Babb has opened up on his transfer from Coventry City to Liverpool in 1994.

The now 45-year-old put in an impressive showing during the 1994 World Cup finals in the United States, and would garner interest from several clubs as a result.

The Reds made him Britain’s most expensive defender with £3.6m transfer fee, and he went on to spend six seasons with the club, making 170 appearances and winning the League Cup in his first season.

However, things could have been very different, as Babb says that Tottenham made a similar offer. Once he learned of Liverpool’s interest, though, there was one place he was going.

“I was in demand,” he said to Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club show (H/T the  Daily Star).
“I was on holiday and every other day I was reading the papers and [they said] I was going here, there and everywhere.


“I think the other real firm bid was from Spurs. They made a bid, much the same as Liverpool’s.

“Phil Neal was my manager at Coventry at the time and said ‘where do you want to go, son?’ and it was no choice for me really.

“Neal thought I was going to go to Spurs, being a London boy, but when Liverpool came calling, it was a no brainer.”

Babb would win nothing more than the League Cup during his time at Liverpool, and agrees that the team could have won much more, yet he doesn’t regret it a bit.

“When you look back on your career and you look back at your honours and stuff like that, you think the team we had was so good on paper we should have won more.

“Liverpool at the end of the 70s and throughout the 80s were the best team in Europe, winning trophies time and time again. It came to an end around 1992 and the new team came in just as Man Utd were getting stronger and stronger and winning everything.

“Liverpool’s time will come again, unfortunately my time won’t and, of course, I would have liked to have won more, it just wasn’t to be.

“It was still a great time and the six years I had at Liverpool, I loved every minute.”

Manager reacts to his players performance against Arsenal

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the character of his players after they battled to a 1-1 draw against rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.

Harry Kane’s second half penalty was enough to maintain Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the season, and Pochettino admitted he was delighted with the result.

“I’m very happy with the performance,” he said after the game, quoted by  ESPN. “I think we played well at a very difficult place. Arsenal are on a very good run and have momentum.

“Our players deserve full credit today — they were fantastic. We showed big, big character to get back into the game.”

The Argentine also backed Kane to make his way into the next England squad, with an upcoming international break on the horizon.

“Can he be in the England squad? I think yes,” he added. “Now the doctor is assessing him but I think it is not a problem.”

Asked about Kyle Walker, who limped off in the second half, and Dele Alli who was absent through a knee injury, Pochettino said: “I haven’t had time to see Kyle Walker, he is with a doctor too.

“We will see after the press conference if he can go or not. Dele Alli suffered a minor problem in his knee. He clashed doing tactics yesterday and twisted his knee a little bit. It’s a minor, minor problem but impossible he could be available today.”

Spurs remain in fifth place in the Premier League standings after the draw, five points off leaders Liverpool.