Tottenham Hotspur might see their top player and manager fly off to Spain next season.
Current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has been very coy regarding whether or not he will return to coach the team next season, but according to reports, Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas may be next in line at the Bernabeu.
While Mourinho could head back to Chelsea or even join Paris Saint-Germain, Villas-Boas may have his third job in three seasons. The 35-year-old has guided Spurs to an excellent showing in the Europa League and his move could precede Madrid’s offer for Tottenham’s most valuable player, Gareth Bale.
Last week, Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane gave Bale high praise for his stellar play this season, and the club is reportedly considering a £110 million offer for the 23-year-old Welshman.
Bale, who has netted 17 goals in the English Premier League this season, suffered a scary ankle injury against Basel in Europa League play last week, but thus far that hasn’t diminished his market value and Tottenham are looking into blood-spinning treatment to speed up his recovery.
A healthy Bale and the youth and energy of Villas-Boas would be a huge boon for Madrid. The club is also looking to improve its defense with two key moves.
Los Blancos could bolster their backline with Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, according to The Daily Telegraph. The Belgian’s recent public spat with City manager Roberto Mancini could be the main reason he heads to the Bernabeu.
Kompany was on the sidelines with a calf injury for almost two months, and Mancini asked him not to play in Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia. The 26-year-old played anyway, and a spat ensued, with The Telegraph mentioning Kompany had a similar dispute with German club Hamburg over the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and he eventually left for the Blues.
Madrid will once again have to contend with Barcelona for a top players' services. The Mirror reported last week that the Catalans are prepared to offer City striker Alexis Sanchez and a fee for Kompany this summer.
Kompany is signed through 2018, and his value has been pegged around £31 million, a pricey cost that Los Blancos could offset by moving recently out-of-favor goalkeeper Iker Casillas
According to Metro, both Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in the 31-year-old, who has made 31 saves in 19 appearances in La Liga this year, and 143 career appearances for Spain.
Diego Lopez has been given more opportunities at goalkeeper for Real Madrid this season at the expense of Casillas.