Whilst André Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy aren’t particularly adverse to spending money on new players, the lure of getting something for nothing must play heavily on the minds of manager and chairman alike. Having already signed Lewis Holtby on a pre-contract deal we have come up with slightly alternative choices for potential Bosman’s that Spurs might swoop for in the summer.
With Lampard out of contract at the end of the season and a new deal looking more and more unlikely, AVB could take a chance on the 34-year-old, who has shown this season that he is still able to perform at the highest level.
Spurs may be rivalled for Lampard’s signature by Manchester United, who may look to fill the experience void in the squad, should Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs hang up their boots in the summer. Having lost Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart last summer and failure to sign Joao Moutinho as a replacement has left a creative void in the centre of park that has not been filled. Something that Lampard, in conjunction with Holtby could resolve.
However Villas-Boas and Lampard’s sour relationship during the Portuguese manager’s short-lived spell at Stamford Bridge may scupper any more for the England international.
Linked with a move to White Hart Lane last summer, Fernando Llorente has made no attempt to hide the fact that he wants to leave Bilbao. However the Basque club are more likely to want to try and sell the striker in the January transfer window rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer.
If Spurs are clever they may be able to negotiate a deal with the Spaniard that will see him move to White Hart Lane for gratis. However, they will face fierce competition from the likes of Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, all who have been linked with the 27-year-old over the past six months.
Spurs could complete an audacious double-raid on Chelsea if they managed to complete the signings of Cole and Lampard on free transfers.
Cole looks set to be definitely on his way out of Stamford Bridge, having rejected Chelsea’s offer of a one-year extension. The England left-back has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid, and Carlo Ancelotti as reportedly been keen to bring the 32-year-old to Paris Saint Germain. Should Spurs hope to capture the Cole, then Champions League qualification this season will surely be a minimum requirement.