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Transfer Talk - Sandro, Eriksen, Malcom

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Transfer Talk - Sandro, Eriksen, Malcom

Transfer Talk - Sandro

Genoa are stepping up their efforts to bring former 29-year-old (30 next March) Tottenham Hotspur defensive midfielder Sandro back to Italy, after last season being on loan for relegated Benevento in their first ever season in Serie A,

He is under contract to Turkish side Antalyaspor. Negotiations are apparently well underway. He left Spurs for QPR after his injury, as it was deemed he wouldn't be fit enough to play in the Premier League anymore, which rather tells you how less intense it is in Serie A.

Christian Eriksen

PSG are said to be approaching 25-year-old (25 next February) Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, however, they will no doubt get told £167.14 million (€190m) is the minimum we would consider to even talk about the possibility, the same figure thrown at Real Madrid and Barcelona.


Pochettino target Malcom has decided to join Inter Milan and informed the Italian club of his desire. His agents have agreed on personal terms and it just remains to agree a fee with Lique 1 side Bordeaux report Sky Italia.

Tottenham, Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, PSG and Arsenal have put offers to him. It is understood the French club are seeking £44.01 million (€50m) whileInter only want to pay £35.21 million (€40m).


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ICC pre-season offer, 4 Youngsters Tipped For The Top, Inter Milan want Sandro, Spurs not doing badly

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Spurs News

International Champions Trophy, 4 Youngsters Tipped For The Top, Inter Milan want Sandro, Italy boss, Some Fans Need To Get A Grip



Tottenham have been invited, once again, to take part in the International Champions Trophy. Our performances in the UEFA Champions League  where we beat Real Madrid, beat Borussia Dortmund and drew away to Juventus continue to help raise our profile and pre-season tournaments like this, again do likewise.

Mauricio Pochettino will of course be consulted on the best way to prepare for the new season while understanding financial considerations and marketing the Tottenham brand worldwide to increase the future fanbase, also has a bearing on any decisions.


The Daily Mirror have produced a piece about six youngsters to watch and four of them are Tottenham players, mind you their picture of 6 players has 7 in it!

  • Sashon Aird-Munn, 15, Tottenham, forward
  • Zanda Siziba, 14, Tottenham, winger
  • Max Robson, 15, Tottenham, midfielder
  • Marqes Murr, 15, Tottenham, centre-back


Inter Milan are weighing up summer bid for 28-year-old (29 in March) former Tottenham Hotspur fan favourite, defensive midfielder Sandro, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

The Brazilian plays for fellow Italian side Benevento, who he joined in January on loan from Turkish side Antalyaspor. He is under contract until 2020 (although Transfermarkt suggest his contract ends this summer) and Benevento have a purchase option on him at the end of the season. So far he has played 5 games in Serie A, scoring 1 goal.

Inter Milan have to be very wary of their Financial Fair Play situation and are looking round at cheap options. That would rather rule out a move for Erik Lamela, a player they have been linked with every window for 3 years now.


Chelsea could be losing their manager this summer even if he isn't sacked. Alessandro Costacurta has been appointed as a sub-commissioner of the Italian FA to aid their search for a new boss

"We will appoint the new Italy coach by June. Conte, Mancini or Di Biagio? These are the names, it won't be anyone else," report AS in Spain.

In the UK he is qioted as having told Gazzetta dello Sport; “I've not decided yet, but I think that the person who could do the best job would be Conte.

“I'll definitely speak to him in a few months' time. Conte has already shown that he knows how to be Italy coach, as we saw at the European Championships, whereas the others haven't.”


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Video: Sandro Tottenham is a special club to me

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Tottenham fans loved Brazilian Sandro, we really took to him and his commitment on the field. He spent 4 years at Tottenham and his career with us was ruined by a freak injury, he has never been the same player since.

In August 2009 Spurs were reported to have made a £14-million bid that was rejected. Then on 20 October 2009, Tottenham and Internacional agreed an affiliation of the two clubs, ensuring that Spurs have first option on all academy players from the Brazilian club.

On 10 March 2010, Internacional President Vitorio Piffero confirmed the transfer of the midfielder to Tottenham, after theCopa Libertadores. Internacional's financial report stated that the fee was R$20,633,850 (£4.98-million), with about 25% re-distributed by Inter to third party owners

He foined QPR in September 2014 and went on loan to WBA in Januaty 2016 playing 4 games for them.

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Over 70% forward passes, just the player Spurs need

7:38 pm
While researching I came across a surprising statistic which questions whether we have let the right player in Sandro go.

He was deemed surplus to requirements because in theory Mauricio Pochettino wants us to move the ball forward quicker and presumably Sandro wasfelt to be weak in that area. I though it would be worth taking a look at a few statistics to see how our defensive midfield players shaped up last season passing forwards, the results may surprise a little.

First I took a look at pass success rates which are available through several stats based sites. Mousa Dembele has often been praised for having a highly successful pass success rate and he did again last season. He and Nabil Bentaleb were the two midfielders with defensive duties who recorded a success rate in excess of 85%. Dembele recorded over 90% but all five were healthy as you would expect.

Pass Success 2013/14 Season
Mousa Dembele 90.71%
Nabil Bentaleb 87.63%
Sandro 84.42%
Paulinho 84.37%
Etienne Capoue 83.70%

Naturally an important point is getting the ball from defence to attack quickly is passing forwards, so how did our five do last season? The result is somewhat surprising. Sandro is thought to be a player who wins the ball and plays a short pass to the playmaker to do his thing, win the ball pass, Modric when he was here. However he passed the forward significantly more than any of his four competitors.

Forward Passes 2013/14 Season
Sandro 70.13%
Etienne Capoue 64.48%
Paulinho 60.33%
Nabil Bentaleb 58.72%
Mousa Dembele 56.88%

Now those statistics don't tell us how fast the ball was passed forward of course but the central defensive midfielder who passed the ball forward more than any other has left and we have a problem passing the ball forward quickly. Does that seem logical?

It does rather add weight to the theory that Sandro didn't want to remain at Spurs and had significantly more than he was giving since his injury. I doubt, as some have suggested, he has been sold because he is Brazilian and Pochettino is an Argentinian.

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That will mean the backward passing statistics are surprisingly headed by Mousa Dembele, the man with the highest pass success rate, hardly surprising now we see the reason. It demonstrates that pass completion figures mean little if you don't know the purpose of the pass, offensive or defensive, although retaining the ball is not to be sniffed at. The forty eight passes and two and a half minutes goal against QPR testifies to that.

Backward Passes 2013/14 Season
Mousa Dembele 42.59%
Nabil Bentaleb 40.69%
Paulinho 38.88%
Etienne Capoue 34.97%
Sandro 29.44%

The difference between Sandro passing backwards and Dembele is significant, they play in slightly different roles granted but I don't think the difference should be that marked.

I just wonder if we have let the wrong player go?

Over 70% forward passes, just the player Spurs need Over 70% forward passes, just the player Spurs need Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:38 pm Rating: 5

Sandro stuck at Spurs

8:30 pm
Sandro is still at Spurs but not for want of his agent trying to find him a deal in Italy.

Sandro stuck at Spurs

He has wanted to leave since before the transfer window officially opened but teams have only been prepared to offer a maximum of £7.96 million ($13.18m - €10m) for him.

He is not a part of new head coach Mauricio Pochettino long term plans, not because he is Brazilian but because he isn't the type of player we are looking for in that position now. Sandro is basically a destroyer and he is excellent at it but he is not a creator. He is not in the Andrea Pirlo mold which is loosely what we require now.

Pochettino wants his defensive midfielders to be passers of the ball, to be able to set up attacks as soon as the ball is won, to be playmakers as well as defenders. Sandro doesn't fit that bill but the money we have been asking is too rich for Italian clubs as his management agency, Eurostar Management AG,  told

“There are no positive updates. To sell Sandro at this time is very tough, time is running out and with Spurs there is little room for manoeuvre.  
“We can not talk officially about figures, but the demands of President Levy are always very high. If he does not receive what he wants, the player will remain in London."

They then went on to explain why Sandro is not getting much game time at Tottenham and doesn't seem to be in their plans.

“Evidently a technical decision [coaching decision he's not playing]. We are almost at the end of the transfer market, so it is difficult to change anything [arrange a transfer deal] in such a short time, unless a club accepts Tottenham’s terms.” 

Transfermarkt value the 25-year-old at £9.68 million ($16.04m - €12.18m) which suggests he is worth more than that, they are usually under a players value. Buyers value him lower still though and we have reportedly lowered out valuation to £10 million ($16.57m - €12.58m).

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The problem with Italy is there is no money there, even big clubs like Inter have no money and wages are a lot lower too apart from the top class players. A deal can be done on wages but for a player to move from the Premier League to Italy the selling club has to take a hit on a players valuation. It doesn't work the other way of course they still want top dollar for players they are selling to a richer league.

A case of having your cake and eating it. If Sandro ends up staying simply because nobody will pay his fee then he is going to be a bit part player at best and won't figure in Premier League squads perhaps. Nabil Bentaleb has overtaken him in the pecking order as has Etienne Capoue and Mousa Dembele who can fill the role.

All the players we have looked at have been playmakers for that position, namely Estaban Cambiasso and Morgan Schneiderlin, who is the player Pochettino wants. Alex Song is not an option and the stories are just paper talk, there isn't a place in the squad for him until we offload some non-home grown players.

Holtby looks more likely to leave than Sandro at this stage but it may be just Cup games and Group games of the UEFA Europa League if he stays.

Sandro stuck at Spurs Sandro stuck at Spurs Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 pm Rating: 5

Plenty for sale, none leaving, Spurs struggle again

2:30 pm
As ever in a transfer window Tottenham are having trouble shifting players, we are one step away from the top money clubs and for some players therefore, as high as they are ever going to get.


All players want to play at the highest level they can and earn as much as they can. When we buy them we pit them on contracts far better than they had before and that creates us problems. When we realise the players isn't good enough or isn't what we want any more we try to sell them.

The players then says, hang on a minute any step is going downwards, I'm not interested, I only want to go upwards, but they aren't good enough. Foreign clubs in general, apart from the top teams, can't match our wages. The result is the player sticks around and collects his cheque.

David Bentley and Heurelho Gomes are two prime examples, players more interested in the money than actually playing football. Both refused countless moves. Bentley even left it so late that he had to go and loan and found he had lost it, he ability wasn't there any more. That speaks volumes for what he was doing on the training pitch, going through the motions.

Gomes simply refused to move, the odd loan spell, where we would have still been paying most of his wages, but otherwise happy collecting £50,000 a week. Nobody else was going to pay him that so he simply didn't move.

The main players up for sale now are:
Michael Dawson - Hull City, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, West Ham
Kyle Naughton - Sunderland, Swansea
Younès Kaboul - Lazio, Fiorentina
Vlad Chiriches - Milan, Fiorentina (offered to Southampton)
Nacer Chadli - (offered to Southampton, PSV Eindhoven)
Sandro - Napoli, Roma, Inter

Plenty of interest but why would Michael Dawson want to take a step down to Hull, Sunderland, Palace or West Ham? If you add to that he is due a testimonial in January and has two years left on his contract then his reasons to move diminish.

In pre-season he appears to be first choice over Kaboul to partner Vertonghen so it would appear there could be plenty of game time for him even if the club do sign another experienced right sided centre-back.

Why would Kyle Naughton go to Southampton and Swansea when there are only 5 outfield players who played more than him and Kyle Walker isn't fit? He may have another opportunity to show his worth, should he throw that away?

He looks certain to start against West Ham in just over a week and probably against probably against QPR on the 24th. From his point of view he has a chance to establish himself with the new boss and then decide at the very end of the window how much game time he is going to get.

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Younès Kaboul has a year left on his contract so could leave for free in a year and maximise his wages as a result of their being no transfer fee. he may be hoping for a one-year contract extension and a chance to prove his fitness and with to Pochettino.

I find it unlikely he would sign a one-year deal and Tottenham are not going to offer him longer, at the moment he doesn't deserve it. To compound matters we are asking for a high fee, £6 million for an injury prone player who has had one good season in 2011/12.

Vlad Chiriches failed to adapt to the Premier League and his lack of aerial ability will always be an issue, but we over paid for him and want out money back. His transfer value has reduced rather than increased and nobody wants him at the price we want. Interested parties will be hoping that waiting until late in the transfer window will force us into selling at a loss.

Nacer Chadli we have offered to PSV Eindhoven, why would he go to Dutch football, it's a downward step from the Premier League and the wages are much lower, it's hardly an enticing prospect. PSV may well accept him plus cash for Memphis Depay but Chadli won't!

Southampton would be a possibility but again they can't compete on wages so after a season why would he want to take a big pay cut? He'll be hoping to force the club to keep him and try and prove his worth.

Sandro made it plain he was happy to move to Italy and there are plenty of clubs interested in his services, unsurprisingly, however they want him at half price which is totally unrealistic and unless Morgan Schneiderlin is signed he isn't going anywhere anyway.

Plenty for sale, none leaving, Spurs struggle again Plenty for sale, none leaving, Spurs struggle again Reviewed by THBlogNews on 2:30 pm Rating: 5

Those comical Italians

12:30 pm
The Italians it seems come out with more rubbish than the British press continually putting two and two together to make seven.

Sandro to Italy

On the face of it a claim that Franco Baldini flew to Italy on Friday could be to talk to Roma, it also could be simply a visit where he has a lot of friends, being Italian himself. He may well have gone to discuss 23 year-old Roma striker Matteo Destro, a player without the Premier League experience we are known to be seeking.

Our medical staff will be delighted to hear he missed much of last year injured, another potential customer for them. Roma value him at £13.46 million (€17m) and then suggestion is that now they have spend £17.41 million (22m) plus add-ons for Verona forward Juan Manuel Iturbe and want to buy Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich, that they need to sell to raise recoup outlay and raise further capital.

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer in an interview in Kicker magazine said the Bundesliga champions had not intention of selling Shaquiri.

"Xherdan is an important player for the future. There are no thoughts at all about selling him."
Stories in Italy of course say the players Liverpool have been making serious efforts to sign is available for £15 million (€18.95m).

That story is all very plausible and acceptable but then they go and spoil it all with yet more Sandro talk, talk that simply doesn't add up.

Tottenham, it is reported, value Sandro at £20 million (€25.27m) which given he was the best defensive midfielder in Europe before his injury is not surprising. With a full pre-season that player will no doubt return and Napoli are desperate to sign him it would seem, but for chicken feed.

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Given Napoli value him at £8 million (€10.11m), the Italians press are now claiming Spurs value him at just £9.5 million (€12m) and, don't laugh to hard, are prepared to lower that fee. It is suggested Franco Baldini is also going to discuss this.
It beggars belief that they think Daniel Levy would simply give a player away who has a contract until 2016. Transfermarkt who are generally under value when they price up a player rate Sandro as a £12.32 million (€15.56m) player based upon performance, which is a dip from their last summers valuation of £15 million (€18.95m).
Where then does £9.5 million (€12m) come from and how on earth can he possibly have a value of just £8 million (€10.11m).
While some may get concerned with such speculation, until talk reaches sensible figure it's simply the case of the Italian press entertaining their Italian readership, the intelligent of whom will have a good laugh over their morning coffee.

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Those comical Italians Those comical Italians Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Shock Horror, Sandro to Italy

8:30 am
Surprise surprise, after the Italian press said Cambiasso is edging closer to Tottenham yesterday I said they will assume Sandro is closer to going to Italy. Today therefore we have Sandro news from Italy. Who could predict it!

Shock Horror, Sandro to Italy

Sky Sports Italian football expert Gianluca Di Marzio reveal that Napoli will try to sign Sandro.

“Napoli are looking for a new midfielder this summer. After the deal with Gonalons rejected, the Neapolitans have shifted their attention to Sandro, Brazilian midfielder from Tottenham.

"The English club are asking for £19.93 million (€25m), a price tag considered too high by De Laurentiis. The feeling is that the deal could be closed with £
14.35 million (€18m) plus bonuses. Sandro moving to Napoli is more than an idea. Napoli will make an attempt to sign him.”

I think Spurs fans have now come to realise that Sandro wants to leave White Hart Lane and the Italian press haven't stopped throwing midfield names at the story.

Prior to last season Sandro was among the top defensive midfielders in Europe and the Italians seem to think he should now be cheap as a result of a poor season.

Sandro revealed his desire to leave when Tim Sherwood was in charge and was left out of the side because he was playing badly to put it mildly. He was one of a few players who thought a few games of effort at the end of the season would get them in a World Cup squad.

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When their was speculation from Italy and stories of £12 million (€15.05m) offers I wrote he was a £20 million (€25.09m) footballer so it's refreshing the club view him in the same light.

Sandro indicated his desire to leave back in May, an idea dismissed by many Spurs fans at the time.

"It would be very difficult to leave on loan from here [Tottenham].

“If I was to leave, it would have to be permanently and it is not close. Other teams have come, however, with little money. President (Daniel Levy) negotiates every transfer, this was the case for [Gareth] Bale had the case, it is not easy.”

His agent, Luiz Paulo Chignall invited offers from Italy telling the Italian media everyone wants to play there.

"We have not had direct contact. We know that many clubs are following Sandro, because he has features rare to find on the market, he is a modern player. There is no official offer at the moment.

"All the players would like to play in Serie A, the league is very important. Now we have to wait for the opening of the summer market and then we'll know if he can leave Tottenham or not.

"Sandro at the beginning of the year came back well from injury, he'd like to stay in London and has a great relationship with the fans, who consider him an idol. Tottenham want to keep him, but we can not exclude that a club makes a good offer and the club decides to sell him."

Clearly he has been and is touting his player around Italian clubs. Inter, Roma and Napoli have all been linked, all hoping for a bargain, the same way we do when buying players.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis played down his clubs interest in Sandro at the end of May.

"Sandro? He is a player that we follow. But we follow a lot of players."

At the beginning of June Napoli offered £8.12 million (€10m) which was turned down, now it seems they'll be happy to eventually pay double that. The window in the major European leagues opened on July 1st so transfer activity will only grow over the next two months.

I doubt we'll be seeing Sandro in a Spurs shirt next season.

Shock Horror, Sandro to Italy Shock Horror, Sandro to Italy Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Sandro - A divided team won't win

8:30 am
Sandro spoke in The Sun on Saturday about England having to come together like a band of brothers. He feels they can win, they have quality but must come together as a group of players.

Sandro - A divided team won't win

That smacks of Tottenham last season where the club didn't seem to be together. Some players were trying, some weren't.

He goes on to say that Brazil have won 5 World Cups despite intense pressure because they play as a team. He says they are never a group of individuals and England must strive to achieve that.

It is something Spurs must strive to achieve as well. If the players are not fully behind the manager then they will not produce the performances on the field not matter how hard they try, unless of course they completely ignore the manager and run the side themselves.

He confirms that unless you have everyone fighting for the cause, it does not matter you will not win. They need to come together as a family. If you aren't a family and extend that over a season then what chance does a club have of achieving anything. Spurs have a new beginning now and the new boss won't meet some of his workforce for a while yet. When he does it's important they buy into how he works and what he is trying to achieve.

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Players give a club a few years and if they don't achieve their goals with them they look elsewhere to achieve them. Players want to play Champions League. Spurs are knocking on the door season after season. Players won't continue just to knock on the door, if the club isn't improving enough to achieve that regularly then they will simply seek a transfer to somewhere that can.

In that respect Daniel Levy is under pressure, under pressure to find a manager that has that something extra that can make the difference. The squad now is a young one that needs help, guidance. It's important not to sell all the experienced guys and about the only experienced Spurs players we have are the captain and vice-captain, Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon.

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Will Italians stump up the cash?

12:30 pm
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis was asked by the Italian media about transfer target and specifically Tottenham pair Erik Lamela and Sandro.

Will Italians stump up the cash?

He admitted they wanted to sign Lamela and that they watch Sandro. Napoli finished third in Serie A and will be in the Champions League again so have a carrot to offer the Tottenham pair.

"Lamela? I wanted to get him a year ago. Now we have a partner for [Gonzalo] Higuain in [Duvan] Zapata, but we are still looking for a replacement for [Goran] Pandev. 

"Sandro? He is a player that we follow. But we follow a lot of players."

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is in no rush to let Sandro go but it does seem that the player wants to move. I still think the reported fees are inaccurate, I've seen £11.3 to £14.5 million, neither of which reflect his ability. He proved himself to be one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe in 2012/13 and one poor season hasn't diminished that ability.

The prices being quoted are bargain prices for the talented 25 year-old Brazilian who looks a perfect match for the Mauricio Pochettino system of play.

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Argentine Erik Lamela is leaving or staying depending upon which way you want to look at things.

My take is that the 22 year-old is staying. I can't see an Italian side splashing our £25 million on him and surely we wouldn't have sent him to Argentina to train if we had any intention of letting him go.

He may be struggling to adjust and it's an opportune time to visit his family but the fact we have sent a team medic to oversee his training suggests to me we are doing all we can to get a return on our investment on the playing field next season.

I'm sure clubs like Milan, Inter and Napoli would love to have him but they'll want a bargain and bargains are not Daniel Levy's forte when it come to selling players.

Will Italians stump up the cash? Will Italians stump up the cash? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Moreno, Soldado, Sandro

10:30 am
Well I brought you news that the Moreno story was a fantasy and explained why (see Three Crazy Transfer Rumours below) and now Sky Sports confirm it.

They have come out to say that their sources reveal Tottenham Hotspur have no interest in Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. The suggested deal made no sense at all to Tottenham.

Moreno, Soldado, Sandro

I also revealed why Roberto Soldado will not be going anywhere on loan as it makes no business sense at all and Sky Sports also confirm that it is 'highly unlikely' that Soldado will be allowed to leave Tottenham on loan.

A loan would mean 2 years remaining on his contract and in another year he could wind it down and leave on a free plus his age would significantly reduce his fee. We either have to sell him now to maximise the money we can get or play him.

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The rumours about Sandro persist. It's clear to me that despite giving the Spurs fans a bit of PR by saying he's happy he is also very happy to leave. These stories keep appearing I expect because his agent is actively working to find a club that may be willing to pay the fee Daniel Levy requires.

I'd rather he stayed of course but I suspect he'll be off if someone stumps up enough cash. That may not please Spurs fans but it's my reading of the situation that he wants a transfer this summer.

Moreno, Soldado, Sandro Moreno, Soldado, Sandro Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:30 am Rating: 5

Chelsea chase Sandro

4:32 pm
Another club are said to be after Sandro, this time London rivals Jose Mourinho managed Chelsea.

Chelsea chase Sandro

As with Luka Modric they are preparing an under value offer, this time £12 million, a sizeable amount more than £8.12 million Italian side Napoli offered. Still the figure is below his true worth, Daniel Levy would want at least £16.5 million but in all honesty he is a £20 million plus player.

The Brazilian media are running the story linking the 25 year-old with the Blues but they suggest Spurs do not want to sell. They go on to say that Sandro, whilst knowing he is a fans favourite is still in favour of leaving White Hart Lane.

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They say Roma and Monaco are also interested while they could have added Inter and a host of other clubs to the list. The emergence of Nabil Bentaleb and potential of Etienne Capoue does give Tottenham options but when back to his best Sandro has few, if any, peers as a defensive midfielder.

Mauricio Pochettino plays with two defensive men in midfield, one being a box to box player and with the number of games Spurs have to play next season his ability will be vital.

Chelsea chase Sandro Chelsea chase Sandro Reviewed by THBlogNews on 4:32 pm Rating: 5

As predicted Italians offer £8.12 million for Sandro

8:31 am
Italians Napoli have offered £8.12 million (€10m) for defensive midfielder Sandro but Spurs price him at double that amount.

Italians offer £8.12 million for Sandro

I brought you the story of Blerim Džemaili yesterday and he was being linked by the Italian press because they wanted Sandro or Capoue and the following day stories emerge of an offer for Sandro, so predictable.

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Sandro is a fans favourite at Tottenham and he is well aware of it which is why having made noises when Tim Sherwood was in charge that he wanted to leave he came out to say he was staying at Spurs.

At the time he revealed Italian clubs were trying to sign him but that they weren't offering Daniel Levy enough money so leaving would be difficult. If a club matched our valuation Sandro would be off and if not he'll stay and tell the fans he never had an intention of leaving, that's how footballers work the media.

Personally I think £16.25 million (€20m) is still cheap for the best enforcer in Europe especially given that he is only 25 with years ahead of him. His poor season was as a result of coming back from injury and then not being in the right state of mind when Tim Sherwood was in charge.

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Sandro fits the style of football Mauricio Pochettino wants to play. Defensive midfielders are important to him so it is highly unlikely that he will want to let of the best, if not the best, in Europe leave.

The Brazilian certainly won't be leaving for the pittance offered.

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Inter want Sandro

10:02 pm
Inter Milan it seems are interested in a lot of our players. The troubles at Tottenham have alerted European clubs to the fact there might be some players available and bargains to be had.

Inter want Sandro

Corriere dello Sport report that Inter are after Sandro, who has been the subject of a lot of interest in Italy.

As Sandro himself reported there are been offers for him but the transfer fees suggested were to small for Tottenham so nothing has happened.

The Brazilian is well aware he is a fans favourite at White Hart Lane and would have done his best to leave the club had they retained interim manager Tim Sherwood. Now that he has been replaced with Mauricio Pochettino Spurs fans are expecting him to stay and return to the form of the 2012/13 season when he was amongst the best in Europe.

The Italian news outlet suggest Walter Mazzarri, the Inter boss, is prepared to pay £12.5 million for him however that would be £10 million short of his worth. Inter would be happy with a loan move but that has no chance of happening, there is simply nothing in a loan move for Spurs.

The Italian press speculate that because he didn't play that many game Spurs might be happy to let him go which is isn't the case.

Sandro himself would be open to a move but is also quite happy to stay at Tottenham.

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Will Sandro stay or not

8:00 pm
The Sandro will he won't he saga rumbles on with his agent once again muddying the waters.

Will Sandro stay or not

Under Tim Sherwood Sandro was only half the player he had been before, he was off the pace in games, reacting to events rather than reading the game and anticipating events. Opponents were going past him with ease and he was having to commit early fouls to stop them getting himself booked.

Sandro complained on Twitter that he wasn't happy not playing and told the media it would be difficult to leave Spurs because Daniel Levy handles all the negotiations.

"It would be very difficult to leave on loan from here [Tottenham].

“If I was to leave, it would have to be permanently and it is not close. Other teams have come, however, with little money. President (Daniel Levy) negotiates every transfer, this was the case for [Gareth] Bale had the case, it is not easy.”

He indicated that with the departure of Tim Sherwood he would be staying and now his agent, Luiz Paulo Chignall, has practically invited offers by telling Italian news outlet Calciomercato, amid interest from Roma and Napoli, that all players would like to play in Serie A.

"We have not had direct contact. We know that many clubs are following Sandro, because he has features rare to find on the market, he is a modern player. There is no official offer at the moment.

"All the players would like to play in Serie A, the league is very important. Now we have to wait for the opening of the summer market and then we'll know if he can leave Tottenham or not.

"Sandro at the beginning of the year came back well from injury, he'd like to stay in London and has a great relationship with the fans, who consider him an idol. Tottenham want to keep him, but we can not exclude that a club makes a good offer and the club decides to sell him."

It really looks as if he would be happy to leave but that they feel Daniel Levy would want too much money for him making a deal impossible. As is usual in these cases the player talks about how happy he is at a club to keep popularity with the fans.

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With Sherwood out the way and a summer without the World Cup he should get in a full pre-season and come back the player he was in 2012/13. That player is too good to let go.

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Napoli want Sandro & Lamela

2:30 pm
Napoli are the latest Italian club who want to sign Erik Lamela and Rafa Benitez also wants Sandro to join him as he prepares a squad for the Champions League next season.
Napoli want Sandro & Lamela

In return they want to offer us a 30 year-old attacker who doesn't fit with our buy youth policy, Goran Pandev. The Macedonian played 29 Serie A matches but came on as a substitute 12 times and was substituted off 15 times which means he only actually stayed on the pitch for the whole match in 2 games.

During that time he scored 7 goals and had 7 assists so unless he is happy to sit on a bench the move would seem unlikely. When you consider Sandro and Lamela would cost £50 million, getting a bench warmer in return is hardly an appealing bit of business.

Erik Lamela's brother has previously said on Twitter that Lemela is going nowhere and is staying at Tottenham next season, while Sandro who was unsettled and looking to leave, has now said he wants to stay. His change of heart is as a direct result of Tim Sherwood leaving.

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There are plenty of clubs in Italy who want to sign Lamela which does rather indicate that he is a talented footballer, a talent Spurs will be hoping to see next season once he gets a full pre-season under his belt.

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Sandro - Dressing room has not been happy

10:43 am
Sandro has revealed that the Tottenham dressing roo has not been a happy one in the second half of the season but contradicts himself when he now says he doesn't know if Tim Sherwood is leaving.

Sandro - Dressing room has not been happy

"Andre was one who would always speak very closely to most of the squad one on one, whereas Tim does most of his talking during training on the side of the pitch rather than afterwards individually with players.

"The dressing-room atmosphere hasn't been a buoyant one in the second half of the season. But for people to suggest we already know what will happen to the manager in the summer is wide of the mark. We only see what the media report."

That contradicts what Sandro said recently that he knew Tim Sherwood was leaving at the end of the season and that other clubs are bidding for him but not enough money.

“He (Tim Sherwood) will leave at the end of the season. Then, new coach, new everything.

“I do not know anything yet, but I’m happy to have my name talked about with a club the size of Sao Paulo. Anyway, it would be very difficult to leave on loan from here [Tottenham].

“If I was to leave, it would have to be permanently and it is not close. Other teams have come, however, with little money. President (Daniel Levy) negotiates every transfer, this was the case for [Gareth] Bale had the case, it is not easy.”

Sandro who has missed out on the Brazil World Cup squad in his home country this summer also reveals that top four was the pre-season aim. He goes on to say the season has been a disappointment and Spurs have been poor against the top four.

"Overall, it's been a slightly disappointing season because, at Tottenham Hotspur, we set our standards very, very high. Our minimum aim is to finish in the top four and unfortunately this year we haven't been able to achieve it.

"We've played well in patches and overall we've played well against teams that are below us in the table. But unfortunately our results against the top four weren't good enough.

"This has been a frustrating aspect to the season and something we know we have to improve on if we are going to be competing to win the league."
Sandro joined Tottenham on 18th August 2010 and played his first game with reserves and youth players in a League Cup tie against Arsenal. Despite the defeat at White Hart Lane that night he looked a quality player who needed time to adapt and learn the language.

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Around christmas he started to then build his Spurs career as soon developed into a fans favourite.

In January 2013 he had to have a knee operation which kept him out for the rest of the season and this has been a disappointing season for him personally, not reaching his usual level of performance often enough. He has figured in only 16 Premier League games, 7 Europa League games and a League Cup tie.

A rest and a complete pre-season, which he missed last season, should see him return to his previous levels next season and become one of the first names on the team sheet again.

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Sandro wants to leave Spurs

8:04 am
Sandro has been left out of the Brazil squad for the World Cup this summer after failing to regain top form after his long-term injury last season.

Sandro wants to leave Spurs

his last games for Tottenham he was badly off the pace and didn't seem 100% fit. He was not anticipating like he normally does but instead reacting to events which meant he was behind the play all the time and easily beaten by opponents. He was giving the ball away and having to commit early fouls resulting in bookings and reduced efficiency for the rest of the game.

On form he has not deserved a place in the team. The Beast has always given 100% for Spurs but his comments to ESPN Brazil suggest has not been in the right frame of mind to do that.

“He (Tim Sherwood) will leave at the end of the season. Then, new coach, new everything.

“I do not know anything yet, but I’m happy to have my name talked about with a club the size of Sao Paulo. Anyway, it would be very difficult to leave on loan from here [Tottenham].

“If I was to leave, it would have to be permanently and it is not close. Other teams have come, however, with little money. President (Daniel Levy) negotiates every transfer, this was the case for [Gareth] Bale had the case, it is not easy.”

That gives every indication that Sandro wants to leave and is actively seeking to do so. A new manager as soon as possible is essential to give the players some stability, wondering who the new boss might be and when he might be appointed can not be helpful.

Frank de Boer is top of the list but Tottenham can't talk to him until 18th May at the earliest so uncertainty will be around a little longer yet.

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Sandro will have to wait

11:00 am
In yet another frank and honest assessment that is spot on the ball Tim Sherwood feels on his day Sandro is best best breaker of play in the Premier League.

Sandro will have to wait“There are just people ahead of him [Sandro] in the squad and I’ll have to assess it. We’ll train again today and he’s trained well all week.

“He’s a good trainer but he’s got certain attributes that we require at certain times, and other players have got other attributes that I need for different games.

“We’ve been dominating the football in most of our games recently and I think other people are ahead of him in regards to that.

“What would he have to do to force his way back in? It would just be a change of style possibly in what we need to do, and just keep training hard and doing what he can do.

“He can’t turn himself into a different type of player. He’s one of the best in the Premier League at breaking up the game, but he’s had his injury problems, and when I think it’s right for him to go back in and give us the qualities that he shows then he’ll be back in.”

A section of Spurs fans may not like it but Sandro was off the pace in his last appearances and rightly lost his place as a result. His fitness should have now improved after his long term injury and the associated niggles that go with recovering from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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There is nothing in Tim Sherwood's remarks to indicate Sandro will start against Stoke. You would have thought a battling side like Stoke would be more up his street than the West Ham route one football to come. A cameo to see if he is up to scratch yet would be welcome.

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Sandro reveals some players have let the club down

5:35 pm
The Tottenham hierarchy held crisis talks with the players after Tim Sherwood publicly criticised them after the Chelsea debacle.

Spurs chiefs do not usually address the players but their lack of spirit against the top teams. Three times a player has been sent-off and three times the side has capitulated. That is solely down to a mental approach, some players simply give up.

Sandro has supported Tim Sherwood's honest words where former players Glenn Hoddle and Gary Lineker have both suggested he should have kept them behind closed doors. The thought is publicly criticise players and you'll lose them but if a player is so weak that he can accept private criticism and not public then he is weak mentally and not a winner.

Sandro - Players will listen to Sherwood
Sandro - Players will now listen to Tim Sherwood
Spurs need winners, Spurs need players like Sandro who give 100% every game. His words this week have been very revealing and tell us that the players believe Tim Sherwood to be an interim manager and that they, or at least some of them, have not been trying for him.

"We spent more than two hours in a meeting amongst the players and we said what we had to say. Everyone was shouting"

That tells us some players have been upset by the attitude of others, such division within a squad is not a good sign. That is apparent again as he then went on to say:

"From now on, we know that we all have to listen when anyone says something. It was after the manager's conference with the press."

That rather suggests that some players have not been listening to him, that some are just waiting for him to be replaced. That makes Tim Sherwood's outspoken words very understandable.

"We had a meeting with the players. Sometimes one player got a bit more stressed out and we tried to calm him down and talk in a nice way. We spent about two hours that way. Every player had their fair share to say, put it that way. We all spoke amongst ourselves.

"For me, to be honest, it helped a lot because now I can go and tell another player, and another player can tell me. The manager likes it. Everyone can go for it now, and I think it will help."

Sherwood has said the players are to nice to each other so it is clear some are just putting in C grade work just to pick up their pay cheque, supporters have a right to expect A grade work.

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"I think that is positive from ourselves and we have to show in the next match that we can do much better. And we will prove that. I am sure we will show much more character in the next matches."

Again that tells us that there are some not pulling their weight. Tim Sherwood has thrust Nabil Bentaleb into the fray since he took over saying he knew what he was getting, he knew he could rely on him. At the time Sandro was injured which tells us in no uncertain terms that Etienne Capoue was one of those going through the motions. He has been picked since, he had to buck his ideas up with a World Cup coming up but then came an injury.

This summer is going to be an interesting one to see who Sherwood recommends to Daniel Levy to get shot of.

“We have to put our hearts on the table and pull our sleeves up for the benefit of our team and ourselves,” Sandro said, you need to do that for the supporters too, starting tonight.

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