Andre Villas-Boas is planning a revolution at White Hart Lane this summer, which could see both playing staff and back of house faces appearing very different come next season, reports The
The North London club are set to draft in former England No. 2 Franco Baldini as technical director, and Villas-Boas is planning early transfer window raids to tempt some of his top targets that their futures will only be improved by playing alongside a player of Gareth Bale’s caliber.
Villas-Boas is also set to step up his interest in Barcelona striker David Villa, and hopes to get the deal done soon after the window opens in his efforts to beat Arsenal to the player’s capture.
The club have set Chelsea as their benchmark club to beat next season, in their hopes of finally leapfrogging Arsenal as well to become perennial Champions League qualifiers.
Spurs are to set off to the Caribbean for a post-season tour following the visit of Sunderland at the weekend, and Villas-Boas has confirmed that club chiefs will use this tour to work out exactly which direction they hope to take next season.
He said: “We will speak. We have been outlining the route ahead for what we want to do in terms of the club structures and hopefully the arrival of somebody else in the structure for the recruitment side, a technical director so hopefully we can take those steps forward.
“We want to do things better than the year before. If that is the case then we have to improve in certain areas.”
Villas-Boas also confirmed the club’s interest in Villa, and revealed for the first time that he tried to get the Spaniard to move to Chelsea while he was in charge at Stamford Bridge. He continued: “I think he’s a world-renowned striker. His tally of goals in Valencia was impressive. When he got to Barcelona, he played off the channels, because Messi started going through the middle, but still with a good record of goals in his first season – until he broke his leg.
“He was a player that I always had a good relationship with, from the times in Chelsea, because I tried to move him away – to move him to Chelsea.”
The club are set to see several players leave, among them the likes of Emmanuel Adebayore, Tom Huddlestone and William Gallas. They will also listen to offers for Danny Rose and David Bentley.
With regards to signings, they are reported to hold a long-standing interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and Southampton’s rising star Luke Shaw.
Of these targets, the former Chelsea coach said: “This summer, we will be adding quality players, I think. We can’t compete at the level that others go for in terms of the big names that are around and the players that you expect to be moved for having done well during the season.
“We are in a different type of market and we have to scout properly to get good names from around the world and the Premier League. I think as you will agree we have done things like that in the past and you will also agree that this club has managed to get some great coups at the end of the transfer market.
“But ideally, when you set up for the first game of the season, to have put the team to bed would be the ideal situation.”
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