Sunday, August 25th, 2013
As everyone waits for Real Madrid to finally sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham, rumours that Portuguese international left back Fabio Coentrao could be moving to White Hart Lane as part of the transfer package have now been squashed.
The Sunday Times’ Duncan Castles has reported that Tottenham do not want to sign Coentrao, but rather the Lillywhites want to bring in extra cover at left-back by signing Italian international Federico Balzaretti.
Madrid have attempted to reduce the financial demands of the transfer by offering players in exchange, in particular their unsettled Portugal left back Fabio Coentrao, Tottenham are leaning towards a straight cash sale. As of yesterday, Coentrao was not due to be included either as a permanent signing or a single-season loan.
Instead, the White Hart Lane club will use the proceeds from the deal to further strengthen and rebalance a squad that already looks one of the strongest in the division. The frustration of losing Willian to Chelsea after the Brazil attacking midfielder underwent a Tottenham medical last week is to be directed into the purchase of Erik Lamela. AS Roma are asking €40m for the Argentina forward, but are likely to complete the deal at a slight discount.
Tottenham’s recently appointed director of football Franco Baldini has also discussed the possibility of taking Federico Balzaretti from his former club on loan. Both the Italy left back and Lamela were recruited by Baldini during his two-year spell as Roma’s general director. Balzaretti is unpopular with the Serie A side’s fans and is keen to move.
31-year-old Balzaretti, who has 15 caps for the Italian national team, could be sold by Roma as a difficult first campaign at the Stadio Olimpico.
Balzaretti joined the Giallorossi for €4.5 million back in 2012 signing a three-year deal from Palermo, however his 2012-13 season was poor. The defender struggled with a hamstring injury, while he was generally considered to have underperformed in a difficult season for Roma.
Video evidence Federico Balzaretti can be seen below.