Chelsea’s Sturridge and Meireles may follow Villas-Boas to Spurs
The rumours are that Andre Villas-Boas will be handed a £70m transfer kitty when confirmed as Tottenham manager this week and it is 6/4 that he heads back to former club Chelsea to use some before the end of the transfer window.
Villas-Boas is believed to have accepted a £16m contract across four years and will have the challenge of bringing Champions League football back to White Hart Lane.
It is 15/8 in the Premier League odds that Tottenham finish in the top four this season and if Villas-Boas is to achieve this feat, keeping much-coveted duo Luka Modric and Gareth Bale seems a necessity.
He will then need to top up the squad with some new additions, with a central defender especially vital if Ledley King follows through on the speculation that he will be forced to retire because of injury.
Villas-Boas only lasted until March at Chelsea before being sacked by Roman Abramovich and it is 2/5 that he is still in charge at Tottenham beyond March 4th.
Because of his ill-fated reign at Chelsea, the consensus is that Villas-Boas made few friends, particularly with the club’s older players.
However, he was an admirer of Daniel Sturridge, who then found chances almost nonexistent under Roberto Di Matteo.
With Di Matteo now in permanent charge, Sturridge may look for a move away from Stamford Bridge to gain additional first-team football, especially as an enhancement to his chances of being in the England squad at the 2014 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Raul Meireles may opt to follow his countryman across London as it was the opportunity to work with Villas-Boas that convinced him to leave Liverpool for Chelsea last summer.
Other Villas-Boas specials for the new season include 4/7 that he beats Chelsea at least once in any competition and 13/2 that Tottenham complete the Premier League double over Chelsea.