Will this deal entice ‘The Special One’ to sell?
HARRY REDKNAPP wants to sign his former Pompey star Sulley Muntari from Inter Milan.
And the Tottenham boss is willing to use Jermaine Jenas as bait.
He will offer the Italians £5m PLUS England ace Jenas.
Redknapp reckons Muntari is the man who could turn his table-toppers into genuine top-four challengers.
Redknapp signed Ghana midfield ace Muntari for Portsmouth from Serie A no-hopers Udinese for £7.1m in May 2007. Muntari, 25, helped Pompey lift the FA Cup a year later before joining Inter in a £12m switch the following season.
Redknapp admitted at the time: “I didn’t want to sell him – he was one of my best young players.”
Inter boss Jose Mourinho will not want to lose Muntari, but the Special One is keen to land Jenas, having failed to sign him in January. But Redknapp is said to be so keen to land Muntari he may make an offer that does not include Jenas going the other way. (The Sun)
It’s been known for some time that Redknapp doesn’t rate Jermaine Jenas and the England man himself, currently injured, appears convinced he has no future at the club so such a deal makes sense, but only if Jose Mourinho is considering selling talented midfielder Muntari.
Harry Redknapp took the calculated risk of signing the Ghanaian international from Udinese in 2007 for what was then a club record fee for the south coast side and in his one season at Fratton Park he was outstanding, helping the club to FA Cup glory and then Serie A side Inter Milan came calling and after an initial poor patch Sulley was a regular at the San Siro and became an integral part of a side that took the Italian title.
However Jose Mourinho has made repeated enquiries about Jenas and I guess there would be some scope for considering some sort of swap deal but the obvious question to ask is ‘would the Special One really opt for Jermaine over Muntari?’ and that’s a good question because even with the financial incentive on top of the swap deal one can’t help but wonder if Inter Milan would go for such a deal.