In a bizarre twist, it has been reported that Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has threatened to pull the plug on the Gareth Bale transfer because Chelsea are trying to hijack the deal for Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.
Levy is furious that Roman Abramovich has telephoned his mate at Anzhi and asked him to stop the transfer deal of Willian going through to Tottenham as he makes a last minute £32m offer. Quite apart from the ethics of it, Levy is a difficult man to deal with at the best of times, so a move like this will be met with anger and resentment.
Of course this will open up again the arguments about the Financial Fair Play rules, as clubs which are run properly are subjected to rogue billionaire owners going round intervening in deals just because they can.
Chelsea has acquired a reputation for being unscrupulous in their dealings and this is resented more because without Abramovich, the club is bankrupt. You would not be allowed to run a normal company like that with the current solvency rules.
Tottenham were still jubilant about their thrashing of Dinamo Tblisi 5-0 in the Europa League qualifiers and they had made a statement that they could do very well without Bale. It had been so certain that the deal would go through before the 2nd September deadline that Real Madrid has even cheekily started to sell replica shirts with the number 11 and Gareth Bale on the back! How that might backfire if Levy does cancel the deal at the last moment?
The deal for Willian has passed all of its legal requirements as regards medicals etcetera and all that is required is for him to sign the five year deal, however, he pulled out with literally the ink still wet on the new contract, which is highly suspicious. It is still possible that EUFA may be brought into the equation if Tottenham makes a formal complaint about the actions of Chelsea in this matter.
Of course, Mourinho is getting desperate to sign a striker as today it has emerged that Manchester United Vice-President Ed Woodward has written to Chelsea telling them to back off from making any more approaches for Rooney and to stop talking about him to the media. Whether serial narcissist Mourinho will take any notice is another matter, but my sources at Manchester United have told me that there is no way that Rooney will ever be sold to Chelsea.
United play Chelsea on Monday at Old Trafford and I would not like to be in the opposition dug out when 76000 fans descend on Mourinho and his bandit club.