Prior to Euro 2012, rumours started to surface linking Rafael van der Vaart with a move back to Germany. Initially, Schalke 04 were put in the frame before Rafa’s old team Hamburg stepped in and declared their interest.
The player was preparing for the Euros at the time but after Holland’s early exit, the stories started to gather momentum. It took a while for VDV to state that he wanted to stay at Spurs and this came amidst reports that transfer fees and wages were too high for either German side. Eventually, the stories just went away – or so it seemed.
Reports today claim that the move to Hamburg is still on and that it has been sanctioned by Andre Villas-Boas. Those same reports suggest that a fee of £9.5m is involved but that the Germans haven’t quite met it just yet.
Anything is possible including the theory that the press have reacted to the surprise news on Michael Dawson and decided that anyone could leave. However, with just over a week to the end of the transfer window, we’ll know soon enough.