The source below believes that Juande Ramos is contemplating a bid for this former Arsenal man, would that be a problem for Tottenham fans?
The chances of Real Madrid and former Arsenal attacking midfielder Julio ‘The Beast’ Baptista Lining up at White Hart Lane on the 10th of August look promising. but in which colour?
One or two rumours are doing the rounds that the Brazilian international could be a target for Juande Ramos as he looks to rebuild his front line, he is certainly on the radar of AS Roma who are looking to offer around 12 million euros.
26 year old Baptista can operate anywhere in the middle or as a second striker and at 6′ tall is also an aerial threat and physical presence in either box.
I think this wouldn’t be a player embraced by Spurs fans, but why, is it a lack of ability or an Arsenal thing? This is a player who has hardly played regular football since leaving Seville, where he scored an average of 2 goals per 3 games (50 in 81) before being very reluctantly sold by one Juande Ramos.(Vitalfootball.com)
Julio Baptista is a striker very much in the ‘bull in china shop’ mould, but one who has more to offer than is at first apparent. Whilst his season under Arsene Wenger was not spectacular, the Brazilian never really got much of a chance and ten goals from 17 starts isn’t a bad return, although admittedly six of his efforts came in the Carling Cup.
Given Juande’s connection with the Real Madrid man, I guess it’s no real shock that he has become the 117th forward linked with the club. He could be a very useful signing and wouldn’t be that expensive and he does seem a little surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, so this front man fits nicely into the ‘could happen but probably not’ basket. Would Spurs fans have any real issues with a former Gunner coming to the club?