Spanish Football Transfer Rumours
La Liga Review responds to emails asking us to assess reports that Juande Ramos has his eye on La Liga based Argentine pair Diego Milito and Daniel 'Cata' Diaz...
A recent report in the Sun newspaper , followed by numerous web based stories, claim that Tottenham Hotspur have identified Zaragoza's Diego Milito and Getafe's Cata Diaz as summer transfer targets. While the story appears to be gaining momentum in Britain, it has yet to make any significant impact here in Spain.
Starting with Diego Milito, some of you have asked what we think of him. Well, he is an Argentine striker who currently plays for Real Zaragoza and is the brother of FC Barcelona's Gabi Milito. Diego joined the Spanish side in 2005 after a spell in Italy's Serie B with Genoa.
Milito faced the daunting prospect filling the void left by David Villa, who had just signed for Valencia, but the powerful striker quickly established himself as a fearsome tormentor of Spanish defences.
Scoring 15 goals in his first season, 23 in 37 appearances last season and 15 already this term, Diego Milito is now widely considered as the best out-and-out striker in Spain after Ruud van Nistelrooy, of Real Madrid, and Samuel Eto’o, of Barcelona.
In response to your questions, the 28 year old is the complete striking package: Fast, powerful, possessing a natural goal scoring instinct and one of the best headers of the ball in Europe. His abilities, combined with his work rate would make him an ideal candidate for Premier league football.
With regard to Tottenham's reported interest, we say "who wouldn't be interested in Diego Milito?"
However, there are a number of factors to consider when it comes to Juande Ramos actually making a bid.
With Berbatov, Keane and Bent in the Spurs squad, will Spurs even consider spending at least £22 million for a player who turns 29 in June?
In Tottenham's favour is the fact that Zaragoza are, how can we put it? Not exactly the best run Primera Liga outfit financially. With that in mind, and faced with the very real threat of relegation, Zaragoza may be keen to cash in on their star striker while they still can. However, Milito's £2.2 million a year after tax wage demands will be as much of a deterrent to Spurs as they were to Manchester City when Eriksson enquired in January.
Daniel 'Cata' Díaz is a 28 year old Argentine defender who currently plays for Getafe. He has impressed Spanish audiences with his powerful performances since signing for los azulones from Boca Juniors last summer for 5 million €.
He is experienced and versatile, equally comfortable either as a right back or in the centre of defence. He reads the game well, is physically very strong and the kind of Argentine defender you don't want to upset. He describes himself as "Very much like Walter Samuel," a player who he "admires very much, " and as "someone who pushes himself hard, fights tough for every ball but can also play a good ball forward."
Is a move to Tottenham likely?
Well, again, La Liga Review has heard nothing in Spain and there are a number of things to consider.
Do Tottenham need another right back, even if Chimbonda does leave, after having paid around £15 million for Alan Hutton and Chris Gunter?
In our opinion, Cata Diaz's best position is at centre half. However, will Spurs pay around £5 million for a player who will be 29 next season considering the personnel they already have in that position?