- Sep 13, 2015
Rumours are Poch is basically working out his exit from Spurs.. I can see Eriksen following him to Real, Kane off to Utd.There have been a few little rumours but nothing concrete for a couple of years - I think of the pursuit those clubs made for Suarez, Coutinho, Hazard, Fabregas etc. when it was persistent rumours, clearly encouraged by the clubs. High profile players such as Xavi coming out and explicitly telling them to join Barcelona and currently they aren't doing any of that (that I have seen) with our three. The hierarchy at Barca and Madrid seem to be far less robust and the money is drying up a touch now that transfer fees have risen to ridiculous levels.
I think Mane and Salah are the only two they would want, Firmino is a specialist not really a superstar, and they both know they will have to break the world record transfer to get either one of them - or at a very minimum we would be looking at £150m each (Nicolas Pepe was £75m after playing in France - and Edwards loves his comparative fees during negotiations).
They may come calling but I am surprised to see that they haven't begun the process already as it is usually 1-2 years of fawning before they make a serious move, and perhaps it speaks to our own strength in the market these days.
I think Madrid and Barca are looking around Europe and seeing Eriksen, Sancho, Haaland, Kane, Havertz and maybe even Mbappe as easier prey than coming after us.
I think Havertz will be the spearhead of a Bayern recruitment for their new manager sadly.