Tottenham Hotspur sold Luka Modric to Spanish giants Real Madrid and as shrewd a businessman as ever, Daniel Levy struck a deal, which could prove to be the envy of the Premier League, as part of Modric’s transfer arrangements.
Levy agreed on a partnership with Real Madrid, which on the face of it would seem as though Spurs may have some of Madrid’s disenfranchised stars coming through the gates at White Hart Lane very soon, although details are not yet clear.
If the deal were as such, Tottenham could be looking at welcoming some fantastic footballers to North London to join their already competent ranks.
Players such as Esteban Granero, Lassana Diarra, Kaka and the still raw Jese Rodriguez could be just some of the players the deal may pave the way for.
On that note we decided to focus on those four players mentioned and tried to weigh up the pros and cons of the move for Madrid, Spurs and the respective footballers.
We begin with the most high-profile, yet most risky of the four players seemingly looking at playing their football away from Madrid this season.
He’s a former World Player of The Year, World Cup winner, Champions League winner and the now defunct Ballon D’Or winner but Kaka has never quite hit the heights with Real Madrid.
The Brazilian midfielder has undoubted quality but it seems that the 56m Euro AC Milan received for him was a fantastic piece of business as he’s never been the same player since leaving.
Younger and fitter players, coupled with a loss of form due to losing his place to those same players, has resulted in a vicious circle ensuring the Kaka of Real Madrid has never looked like the Kaka of AC Milan.
This wouldn’t put Tottenham off though, however his lofty wages might, and if he were to move to London a drop in wages would surely be a necessity for Spurs.
If the wages problem could be overcome and a deal struck then Kaka could be one of the signings of the season provided he regains his form.
Secondly we have Lassana Diarra, who never quite got in the groove at Chelsea, had the same problem at Arsenal yet then went on to great things with Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth team.
The fact that he has gone back to never quite getting in the groove at Real Madrid does not suggest that he is not a big club player, it suggests that he is not getting a fair crack of the whip.
Diarra’s fantastic performances at Portsmouth were due to the fact the team were reliant on him and his ball skills, whereas at Madrid Jose Mourinho considers him a utility man.
Spurs would love to have Diarra play the role that Tom Huddlestone, Wilson Palacios and now Sandro have never quite got fully to grips with.
Diarra’s tackling abilities along with his assurance on the ball in central midfield would fit perfectly for Spurs.
Having said that though, Diarra has been longing for a move away from Madrid since arriving seemingly, and with one never coming you have to wonder will Spurs have any chance.
A player who would be a stronger possibility is central midfielder Esteban Granero who was a favourite under former Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Granero now only makes sporadic appearances under Mourinho, which has stunted his football development, and he would surely relish the chance to perform regularly in England.
The Real Madrid youth product would fit nicely in a Modric-less Spurs team and he could be a tempting option for Andre Villas-Boas.
The 25-year old has proved he can cut it away from Real Madrid, if not the city, when he went first on a successful season long loan to Getafe in 2007 before joining permanently in 2008.
Madrid exercised a buy-back clause in 2009 but with opportunities seemingly coming at a premium these days he may look to North London for games.
Finally we have Spanish wonder kid Jese Rodriguez. The 19-year old was top scorer for his country at this summer’s u-19 European Championships, scoring five goals and securing man of the match during Spain’s victory in the final.
Madrid recently described him as ‘un-transferable’ although he is unlikely to play in the senior squad anytime soon.
Rodriguez is a part of the Madrid B team but trying him in the Premier League could prove tempting for former Chelsea boss Mourinho.
Spurs are threadbare on attacking options currently so a striker of Rodriguez’s quality would be a welcome sight at White Hart Lane.
The young Spaniard is mobile, skilful and as he has shown this summer he has a deadly finish when in on goal.
He’s the type of player Spurs pride themselves on possessing and he may just be the most likely of these four Madrid players to turn up in North London.
There are plenty more available at Madrid who may be coming through Tottenham’s door as part of the agreement, but right now one of these four seem like the safest bet.