White Hart Lane side prepare for the worst.
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TOTTENHAM are targeting either Gaston Ramirez or Milos Krasic as a replacement for Rafael van der Vaart.
Spurs were stunned last week when the Dutch midfielder snubbed an opportunity to commit his future to White Hart Lane.
Commenting on reported interest from German outfit Schalke, the 29-year-old replied: “In football you never know..”
And it appears that Harry Redknapp is now planning for life without the former Real Madrid star.
According to reports in German newspaper Bild, Spurs are lining up bids for Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez and Juventus ace Milos Krasic.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would have to dig deep for either player, with 21-year-old Ramirez being touted at £14million.
But with a likely £12million fee to be earned from the sale of Van der Vaart, the north London side will not be short of cash this summer as they aim to beat Manchester City to the Uruguayan’s signature.
Krasic, 27, may represent a cheaper alternative, but Spurs would face competition from Lazio and Zenit St Petersburg for the Serbian international.
SOURCE: Daily Star
It seems hugely unlikely Tottenham would choose to sell Rafael Van der Vaart but if the Dutch international forced for an exit, and a probable move to Schalke, then clearly they would need to look for alternative options. That said, the two players indicated by this source are more commonly used on the wing and the White Hart Lane man is more often used in a advanced central role so one wonders if either are a good fit.
Juventus can clearly afford to offload Milos Krasic as Antonio Conte’s side managed to win the Serie A title without losing a single match without much help from the Serbian international who has very much become surplus to requirements at the Turin side.
Gaston Ramirez is a younger, perhaps more attractive, proposition for Harry Redknapp to consider. The 21 year old is able to play in a central role and has shown signs of great potential and is already a regular in the Uruguayan national team set-up and has had two stand out seasons with Bologna following his move to Italy from Penarol.
29 year old Van der Vaart has been incredibly effective since he joined Tottenham from Real Madrid in August 2010, for a fee of just £8m, and Redknapp would be hard placed to get a top notch replacement who could jump straight in and fill the void.
The attacking midfielder has notched up 28 goals in 76 appearances for the North London side.