Former Emirates boo boys linked with moves to White Hart Lane.
Italian giants AC Milan are reportedly set to offer former Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini in a player-plus-cash offer for Tottenham midfielder Sandro.
Flamini has failed to hold down a spot with the seven times European champions since swapping the Emirates for the San Siro in 2008.
Sandro, meanwhile, is one of the Premier League’s hottest prospects since his summer move from Internacional and recently scored his first goal for the club with a 30-yard volley against Chelsea.
Now Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports that AC general manager Massimo Allegri is keen to bring the Brazilian to Serie A, and is willing to offer Flamini as part of any deal to lower the transfer fee.
As well as this report of Mathieu Flamini being used as a rather unattractive carrot to tempt Tottenham into selling Brazilian midfielder Sandro there is growing speculation that Man City will be happy to sell Emmanuel Adebayor to the White Hart Lane outfit having taken the North London side’s top four spot from them this season.
Harry Redknapp is reportedly ready to make sweeping changes to his White Hart Lane squad but will more than likely opt to sell squad players rather than lose any of the top talent that have helped to turn the club’s fortunes around over the past couple of seasons.
Though Tottenham have lost their Champions League spot it should not be forgotten just how far Redknapp has taken the club. When the ‘wheeler and dealer’ arrived Spurs were rooted to the foot of the table and managed this season to get to the Quarter Finals of the world’s premier cup competition. Therefore a top five/six finish is still a massive achievement.
Redknapp will not listen to offers for Sandro or the likes of Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart or Luka Modric but will probably be happy to cash in on the likes of David Bentley, Niko Kranjcar, Jamie O’Hara, Robbie Keane and perhaps even the likes of Aaron Lennon, Alan Hutton and Vedran Corluka if needs be.
The club is screaming out for new firepower and regardless of his Arsenal past a move for Adebayor makes a great deal of sense but any swap deal involving Sandro and Flamini will surely be given very short shrift.