Stories are gathering momentum suggesting that German side Schalke 04 are preparing a £10m plus bid for Rafael van der Vaart and are hoping to conclude business once the European Championships are over.
There are a few ‘carrots’ to this offer that might make sense from the player’s point of view: Firstly, he would be teaming up with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – so no chance of him coming the other way then – and secondly , the Germans have supposedly promised Rafa first choice in his preferred playmaker slot.
Finally, Rafa’s wife Sylvie works for RTL – less than 100km from Schalke’s ground so it all seems to add up from the German club’s point of view.
But what about Spurs fans? To many, VDV is a hero but there’s still a proportion that claim he is too difficult to accommodate and upsets the balance of the side.
So what’s the verdict – Van der Vaart to Schalke for £10m – yes or no?