Tottenham haven’t been active so much as frenzied in the transfer market this summer, and after finally bidding adios to Gareth Bale at Luton airport, they could be about to spray yet more cash with Andre Villas-Boas very keen on compatriot Fabio Coentrao.
The Portuguese left back is keen to leave Real Madrid, who paid Benfica €30m for his services in 2011, and Spurs – 20/1 shots to win the Premier League title with bwin – are keen to bolster their ranks in that area of the field.
With Benoit Assou-Ekotto out of favour, the only recognised left-sided defender available is the inexperienced Danny Rose. This has prompted AVB to wade back in to accrue another star, with a loan deal believed to be in the offing for want-away Coentrao.
Should they complete this last minute deal, the 25-year-old would become the eighth major signing to arrive at White Hart Lane this summer, with the club’s spending already north of the £100m mark.
After exerting such financial force during a pre-season where the three leading candidates for the title have undergone major transition, and neighbours Arsenal appearing averse to the idea of bringing in new players, Spurs could be looking to buy their way into league-winning contention and must consider themselves in with a chance, despite their manager’s utterances to the contrary.
According to AVB, finishing in the top four is the north Londoners’ primary target this season, but chairman Daniel Levy will expect that to be the minimum return on his massive investment. It wouldn’t be unreasonable for him to be envisioning the Lilywhites much closer to first place than fifth come the end of the season.
Should Tottenham fail to break into the top four this term, Villas-Boas is sure to feel the wrath of his out-of-pocket superiors.