Costa, Rodríguez, Mangala, Cuadrado, Khedira & Di María

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Before we get into today's Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 17 here is a quick reminder of some recent articles you may have missed. Click on the links to find out more and share on your favourite social media sites.

The highlight of this World Cup is the diving of course with former player Patrick Viera suggesting forcefully that players should cheat. Players like Arjen Robben who openly admitted it in the press have got away scott-free because FIFA do not want any 'stars' to miss games if at all possible.

David Bentley cried when retiring because he didn't want to despite saying he was out of love with the game. If that were right he wouldn't have cried. His story is a tragic one an attitude ruining a career. The FA should have Bentley talk to young players so they don't make the same mistakes he did.

If Arsenal have pulled out of signing Balotelli and go after Remy, then Spurs are left with Bony and who? With Lukaku expected now to go to Spain so Chelsea can have Costa, where do Spurs turn if Bony is too expensive?


Right let's get into the Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 17, recent news which concerns Diego Costa, James Rodríguez, Elaquim Mangala, Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira and Ángel di María.

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Reports from Madrid based Spanish paper Marca suggest that the planned move of 25 year-old Diego Costa to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea looks set to go ahead, after they finalised a bid to match the Spanish strikers buyout clause of £32m. Being Brazilian, he was booed throughout his brief appearances at the World Cup where he flopped with Spain.

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He highlights the farcical laws governing eligibility as he has simply had a holiday in Spain for 5 years to play football. A transfer and he'll be living somewhere else. Utterly absurd considering he played 2 friendlies for Brazil last year.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter warned in 2007:

"If we don't stop this farce, if we don't take care about the invaders from Brazil then, in the 2014 or 2018 World Cup, out of the 32 teams you will have 16 full of Brazilian players."


So why haven't you done anything about it then?

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Colombian sensation James Rodríguez is set for a £40m move to Real Madrid after just a season playing in front of 19,000 people in Monaco. The deal hinges on the Champions League winners selling Argentina winger Angel Di Maria.

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The 22 year-old Rodríguez scored in all 5 games he played at the 2014 World Cup which ended for him when his side lost to Brazil last night.

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Premier League champions Manchester City, have had a £32m bid accepted for 23 year-old French International Elaquim Mangala. The centre-back is thought to prefer a move to Manchester United so City have agreed a £30 million deal in principle for Roma defender Benatia.

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Chelsea are believed to be considering matching the offer for the Porto defender, having tracked him for a while. Mangala is thought to prefer a switch to the London club.

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Juan Cuadrado, who had a poor game in the defeat to Brazil last night, is set to sign for German giants Bayern Munich. Plenty of clubs are interested in the 26 year-old Fiorentina winger including Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.

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The Bundesliga outfit though are thought to have beaten off the competition and won the race for the Colombian's signature.


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Arsenal have tabled a £23.8m bid for out of favour 27 year-old Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claim Khedira is keen to join his close friend and German teammate Mesut Özil, after speaking to him about life at Arsenal.

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Arsenal were encouraged after his words to the press last October and would like to add him to their 'German influence.'

"There is a real German influence [at Arsenal] now, with Per Metersacker, Lukas Podolski, Mesut and also younger players coming through. They are the sort of players Arsenal need if they are to win trophies."

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Manchester United, who have apparently been offered 26 year-old Real Madrid winger Ángel di María for £40m.

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Di Maria's representative, Jorge Mendes, believes his client will go to Old Trafford rather than Arsenal or Chelsea.

Contract negotiations have broken down with Real Madrid believing the Argentinian is being too greedy. The fact that he gave the ball away 51 times before scoring the winner against against Switzerland rather demonstrates they may have a point. 




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