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England's Summer Transfer Market Begins And Ends At Tottenham

white hart lane England's Summer Transfer Market Begins And Ends At Tottenham

It looks like the floodgates in the transfer window have opened. So far this summer, it seems that the majority of major transfer deals have started and ended at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane.

The spark was Robbie Keane’s move from Tottenham to Liverpool for 20.3 million pounds. That allowed Spurs to finalize the deal with Blackburn for the 15 million pound winger David Bentley.

Now, with cash in hand, Tottenham looks likely to purchase Andrei Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko. If the two Russian stars arrive at Tottenham, that’ll likely mean that Dimitar Berbatov will be exiting White Hart Lane and moving to Manchester United.

In many ways, Tottenham has become this summer’s Chelsea by playing an active role in the transfer market similar to how the Blues have conducted business in previous years. Tottenham is banking on the success of the new players and manager Juande Ramos this season. If Spurs isn’t able to mount a serious challenge this year, there’ll be hell to pay.

If Spurs are able to land Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko, the club probably won’t make any other major transfer signings but will instead concentrate on getting the side ready for the beginning of the new Premier League season scheduled for August 16.

After quite a silly season in the transfer market, deals are beginning to get signed and the excitement is building for the new season, one which promises to be the most competitive in many, many years.

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10 Responses to England's Summer Transfer Market Begins And Ends At Tottenham

  1. properyid says:

    If we get both, we are looking really good with keane and berbatov, something tells me that Berba is staying and he will potentially be the captain barring king not playing, what do you think ??

  2. Kyle says:

    I second properyid. Spurs do not view dos Santos as a striker. And even Arshavin is a second striker who can also play attacking mid or winger.

    Spurs have three pure strikers right now who will see time at some point this season in Berbatov (if he stays), Bent and Pekhart (has spent a lot of time with the first team in friendlies, should see at least a few minutes sometime during 08/09).

    Pekhart is only 19 and has spent his entire Spurs career with the reserve side. I doubt Ramos is going to count on production from him.

    That leaves only Berbatov and Bent as the only pure strikers on the club. Adding Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko seems to round out that group nicely, and the Spurs have enough money to land these two without selling Berbatov, especially after their dealings with Sunderland and likely sale of Kaboul to Pompey or the Black Cats or whomever.

    I think Berbatov is going to stay, and for a long time, as Spurs will be able to give him Champions league football next season (and he’s still under contract through the ’10/’11 season).

  3. Anonymous says:

    I hope berba goes!!!

  4. Kyle says:

    Should have said ’09/’10 season. He only has two years left on his deal.

  5. J-man says:

    with an option of a 2 year extension Kyle :-)

  6. WestburySpur says:

    Why would anyone want Berba to go?? He is impossible to replace. If we are playing with one striker next season, there are few better than him. With the creativity around him, he could net 40 goals next season!! We should keep him moods and all! COYS!

  7. JohnnyB says:

    I sincerly hope this season is more competative than recent seasons…the premier league is starting to get a bit boring.

  8. Steve says:

    I don’t thin kyou can compare the spending to Chelsea, we have recouped £35m in sales and spent around £40m, if we do sign Arshavin and the other Russian for £34m, we will sell Berbatov for £28m meaning the difference in money spent and money recouped is £11m odd.

  9. ossie's dream says:

    Berbatov is going. Even if he didn’t he certainly wouldn’t be vice captain. Why even entertain such an idea? Ramos wants to get rid – for the money and because he doesn’t want a sulk who clearly wants to ply his trade elsewhere. Ramos and Levy have said as much in press. Berbatov would have a negative affect on the dressing room- he isn’t even on the bench for the friendlies. Time to bid him farewell and thanks for the memories.

  10. Luke Janeczko says:

    hiya!!
    omg totes wanna say that chelsea bois are my fav!! love you boys!! xoxox
    luke

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