Giovani dos Santos is taking off the kid gloves.
Dominating performances against Wales, Bosnia and Brazil have inevitably created transfer fodder for the Tottenham attacker, the same player who is essential for one of the top 20 national teams in the world and not good enough to crack the bench for an EPL team that didn't even qualify for the Champions League this season.
Gio's more than aware of that.
"I've never doubted of my capabilities, I think that even though [Spurs coach Harry Redknapp] doesn't have trust in me or didn't have trust in me, I've always been training at 100 percent," Dos Santos told reporters in Dallas after frustrating Brazil's defense en route to a 2-0 win.
Redknapp may not want Dos Santos around, but Daniel Levy does.
The Spurs chairman is no slouch when it comes to the art of negotiation, having resisted the Chelsea cash machine last season when the club came in search of Luka Modric, as well as fleecing Lokomotiv Moscow out of 8 million pounds when Roman Pavlyuchenko could not command a fraction of that in England.
Now, Levy is licking his chops at the notion of not needing Dos Santos on the pitch for his club, while recognizing his value in the open market.
Reports have placed Dos Santos' price tag in the 6-8 million pounds range, with the clubs - mostly located in Spain - that have tried to sign him since last winter being told Levy and Spurs will not waver in their demands for the Mexican player.
In London, club insiders are now pointing to a key meeting later this month supposedly requested by Dos Santos himself to meet face to face with Levy in order to facilitate an exit.
“I want to concentrate on the national team, but after that I will speak to the chairman to see what is going to happen to me," Dos Santos said after the Wales game.
Just weeks ago, Villarreal's deal was nixed when it was relegated in Spain, leaving Dos Santos with the prospect of finding another club that could acquiesce Tottenham's demands. MLS and a pair of Mexican clubs, mainly Dos Santos' boyhood idol Club América, have made a crack at his services, being told vehemently by the player that he has not considered a North America move.
Normally, a week like the one Dos Santos has had for his national team would set off a frenzy on the transfer market. With his undeniable talent and still young age, everyone from Atlético Madrid to Swansea City to Liverpool have been mentioned as potential suitors.
But now there may be yet another roadblock. It's very likely that after the pair of World Cup qualifiers Mexico will partake in against Guyana and El Salvador, Dos Santos' profile may be raised even higher.
Will a heftier price tag from Tottenham follow?
It's not difficult to see why Dos Santos hasn't moved yet. Small samples of brilliance with the national team are one thing, but aside from a six-month spell at Racing, Dos Santos has yet to show that he can carry the load offensively for a top-flight team at the club level.
Dropping 8 or maybe even 10 million pounds on a player with just 30 appearances for Tottenham in four years might be a hard sell for any fan base. Besides, success at the national team level hasn't always translated to such at the club level for Mexican starlets.
Pablo Barrera has been a disasterous signing for West Ham after shining in the 2010 World Cup. Ditto Efrain Juarez for Celtic. It took Andres Guardado several seasons to battle through injuries and shine for Deportivo La Coruña. Now he'll be doing so for Valencia.
Omar Bravo was a stud for club and country in Mexico, but his European career lasted exactly six months. Fellow U-17 star Carlos Vela has never developed into the player Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have expected him to be.
Sadly, the list goes on - and not just for Mexicans.
With one full year left on his contract, Levy is in no rush to cash in on Dos Santos knowing full well more offers will come in January if the player is not moved over the summer.
If that doesn't happen, Dos Santos can exit White Hart Lane a free man, with no benefit to Tottenham's bank account coming from it. A small measure of revenge that Gio can exact on his soon to be old club... but what about the cost?
Most likely, another year riding the pine.
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