Another South American linked

The Italian press love a good transfer story just as much as our press and are about as accurate as our press at times. Naturally with a new manager and an unsettled team last season we are good news.

Another South American linked


Calciomercato.com suggest we are in touch with yet another Argentinian, not Éver Banega or Fredy Guarín this time but Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso.

Recently I wrote an article about the high tempo pressing game Pochettino will introduce and how we will be needing super fit midfield players to operate in it. While looking at the Fredy Guarín story, who incidentally I wouldn't pay the £14.5 million (€17.85m) Inter quote, I suggested that we need some South Americans who would be cheap to buy and could increase significantly in value, I cited Radamel Falcao as an example.

"Radamel Falcao for instance cost Porto £3.20 million (€3.93m) from top Argentinian side River Plate. He then went to Atlético Madrid for £32.53 million (€40m) with £8.13 million (€10m) add-ons before moving to Monaco for a reported £48.79 million (€60m).

Porto bought Fredy Guarín from Saint-Étienne for £813,230 (€1m) and sold him to Inter Milan for £8.95 million (€11m)."

However we are being linked with South Americans in Europe. The Italian site suggest Pochettino has told fellow Argentinian Cambiasso he has concerns about Tottenham's defensive midfield, which on last seasons show I'm not surprised.

It is probably a piece of speculation because anyone who has seen Sandro perform over a period of time will know of his quality.

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Does this story have any legs? In a word, no.

Plain and simple it's probably rubbish, why? Because the guy is 33 years-old. Sounds to me the Italians are trying to drum up support to entice Sandro over by telling us all the players we could replace him with.

Yes he is out of contract at the end of the month and available on a free transfer. Yes he has played for Real Madrid and yes he's a good all round player but at 33 hardly fits in with our youth policy.

You can make a case for him,we were after all linked with Gareth Barry, a similar age on a similar salary who plays the same position. He is a Champions League winner with 52 Argentinian caps, he's got a Spanish title and 5 Italian titles under his belt, a UEFA Super Cup and 5 Coppa Italia's to his name.

The guy clearly knows how to win so that experience and could perhaps help a young team. Playing in midfield he could get messages to all parts, he'd help Bentaleb learn, a case can certainly be made for him.

If this were to come to something then it would no doubt be a years contract but in 2012 he earned £62,475 (€76,922) a week, £3.25 million (€4m) a year. Would we want to offer him more than £50,000 (€61,562) a week and couldn't that money be better spent?

Should we not, with an Argentinian manager, take a chance on a cheap South American bought from South America, there are plenty of them playing in Europe and plenty more undiscovered.

It depends how badly the squad need the mentality of a winner within it, if there are not enough there then he could be a useful one year signing.



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