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Frank Ribery signs €25m Real Madrid pre-contract, Spurs target Brazilian midfielder

The latest transfer gossip, rumours and damned lies

Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery to Real Madrid
Our Spanish friends at AS today report that Florentino Perez has already agreed a five-year deal to bring the French midfielder to the Bernabeu next summer. The deal – which is awfully similar to the pre-contract arrangement that brought Cristiano Ronaldo to Spain – will be worth €25m. That’s around a quarter of Bayern Munich’s ridiculous valuation of the Bundesliga’s best player.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Throughout the summer we have said that Ribery will leave next year for Los Blancos, so it’s nice to see the Spanish newspaper backing us up with their (relatively unsubstantiated) report.

Roman Pavlyuchenko to Spartak Moscow
Despite his appearance in Tottenham’s B-team last night, and ‘Arry’s insistence that the club can keep him involved with a rotation policy, The Mirror report that the Russian could be sold back to his former club for £10m.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Considering Spurs’ uncanny abilities in extracting high transfer fees for their players, they will probably want at least the £14m they paid for him last year.

Sandro to Tottenham
No, that isn’t Mr Redknapp’s wife, but the 20-year-old Internacional midfielder who is the current subject of Spurs’ affections according to The Independent. Their bid of £14m – exactly the amount they might want to raise for the aforementioned unsettled Russian – has been rejected.

The Spoiler
truth-o-meter:
We can’t see Spurs splashing more than £14m for a 20-year-old with no international experience.


1 response so far
  • Garreth // August 27, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I just don’t believe all this Ribery nonsense, and people seem to be forgetting one crucial thing – he can buy himself out of the last year of his contract in the summer under the Webster ruling.

    Why it would make sense for Real to do a deal with Bayern when they could just say to Ribery that they’ll pay him whatever it costs to buy off his last year (a few million Euro) and give him a hefty wedge of a signing on bonus and save a bucketful of cash in the process?

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