Arsenal chase Dzagoev, Spurs may lose Bale and Modric
Exodus predicted at Spurs after Redknapp's departure, but Arsenal line up wingers
THE VULTURES are circling over White Hart Lane as Spurs face an uncertain future following the departure of manager Harry Redknapp, and there are fears the club's two main assets, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric could be on their way out.
According to the Metro, Harry's departure will prompt Barcelona and Inter Milan to bid for Bale (above), and in the light of recent events and the 22-year-old Welsh winger is rumoured to be considering his future at the Lane.
With Spurs having failed to qualify for next season's Champions League, Bale was already less-than-impressed at the prospect of slumming it in the Europa League, and the lack of a manager could be the straw that breaks the Cymru camel's back.
The Metro quotes Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, as saying the lack of Champions League football "is a problem" for his gifted client. Asked if there had been any firm offers for Bale, Barnett replied in the negative, though he added with reference to Barcelona: "If interested, they would have to put money on the table and then start talking." The Metro claims Bale is "unhappy" at the demise of Redknapp and this state of mind could be exploited by either Barca or Inter.
The chances are that he could be joined in the taxi queue outside the Lane by Modric. "We all know it will be very difficult for Spurs to keep Luka because they do not have Champions League football next season," his Spurs and Croatia teammate Vedran Corluka reportedly told The Sun. Manchester United have been preparing a £30m bid for the midfielder who almost jpoined Chelsea last summer.
Meanwhile, Talksport reports that Corluka himself is on the way out. The defender, who was loaned out to German club Bayer Leverkusen for part of last season, doesn't wish to return to London and instead is angling for a permanent switch to Juventus. The 26-year-old arrived at Spurs from Manchester City in 2008 in a £5.5m move and is said to be keen to relaunch his career with the Serie A champions.
Over at Arsenal the Gunners are said to be lining up a bid for CSKA Moscow winger Alan Dzagoev following his impressive start to Euro 2012. ESPN notes that he is out of contract in December and there could be a scramble for his signature. A wish to sign Dzagoev may have added urgency to Arsene Wenger's attempts to offload another Russian winger, Andrey Arshavin. The Daily Mirror claims that he could make his loan move to Zenit St Petersburg permanent if the club can find £8m.
Sticking with Arsenal's quest for a decent wideman, the same paper reports that Chelsea free agent Salomon Kalou is back on Arsenal's wish-list. The 26-year-old Ivorian was first mooted as a future Gunner in January when Arsene Wenger was said to be a fan of Kalou. Now his Blues contract has expired and a deal could be in the offing.
The striker, for his part, sees Arsenal as a club where he could get some regular game time, but a sticking point could be his wage demands. The Mirror says Kalou takes home £70,000-a-week, which is too much for the Gunners. The sum is also likely to deter Liverpool and German outfit Schalke. Both clubs have been linked with Kalou but don't fancy picking up the wage bill.
Meanwhile, Brazilian rag O Globo says Kaka will be bounced out of the Bernabeu this summer and a move to the Premier League is one of his options. The 30-year-old moved to Real Madrid in a whopping £56m deal in 2009 but he hasn't been a success in Spain and now it appears the Brazilian playmaker could be heading to England.
Paulo de Jesus Lopes, Kaka's friend and the president of his former club, Sao Paulo, told O Globo: "Kaka has decided to quit Madrid. He believes that England or remaining in Spain would be two interesting destinations for him." Chelsea and Manchester City have both been linked to Kaka in recent months although much will depend on the fee Real charge.
Still with the Sky Blues and Italian paper Corriere dello Sport claims that Aleksander Kolarov wants to quit Eastlands. Under Roberto Mancini the left-back feels more forgotten than David Cameron's daughter and apparently he's had enough of the neglect. "I am in constant contact with my agent, so we will soon see what happens," the Serbian told Corriere dello Sport. "Money has nothing to do with it… it's simply that I would like to be able to feel more of a regular."