Would trading Spurs dud for Benteke be Levy’s best deal ever?
Daniel Levy has made some stunning deals in his time at the helm of Tottenham’s transfer dealings, but the latest move he is thought to be considering could rate as his best ever.
Selling the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale for mega bucks has helped the Spurs supremo forge a reputation as a man who ensures he gets the most out of any sale. The recent departure of Paulinho to China for close to £10m is another testament to that.
However, the Spurs supremo would be pulling a rabbit out of a hat if he manages to dump Emmanuel Adebayor and sign Christian Benteke in the same deal, whether it results in a straight swap or player-plus-cash move, which is as yet unclear.
Aston Villa’s main man is highly sought, with Liverpool thought to be the most interested of a galggle of Premier League clubs. But Spurs have thrown their hat into the ring as far as the Belgian is concerned, with Adebayor being used as a makeweight in the move.
Tim Sherwood and the Togolese striker have a well-known history, after the former Spurs boss brought the 31-year-old out of the doldrums in the latter half of the 2013/14 to great effect.
Adebayor hasn’t been able to match that magic since and is thought to have played his last game for Mauricio Pochettino, as the Argentine seeks a younger squad for the coming campaign.
The chance of reuniting Sherwood and Adebayor surely gives Spurs the upper hand over the Reds, themselves able to offer the likes of Rickie Lambert or Fabio Borini as carrots in any potential swap.
A heft pay packet is likely to be the only stumbling block in sending Adebayor to Villa Park, but Levy is reportedly willing to subsidise the claret and blue club in paying part of the player’s wages in order to clear him out of White Hart Lane.
As 13/2 shots to finish in the top four this season, Spurs certainly need a striker who can better support Harry Kane, after Adebayor and Roberto Soldado combined for three top-flight goals last term.
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