It's silly season. Really silly season. And the transfers of Ronaldo and Kaka prove that no one is untouchable which means that the speculation has become even more insane than normal. If anyone can be sold then everyone is fair game for a rumour. Even a player that returned to his club in January after a failed transfer last summer. Bizarrely Tottenham captain Robbie Keane is a name that is seeing time in the press.
If Gareth Barry was the player at the top of my wish list, and he was because as previously discussed we get an addition and Villa get a subtraction, then Robbie Keane is number three on that list. Robbie Keane, and I'll keep calling him Robbie Keane rather than just Keane lest you ever confuse him with another of similar name, is my favourite striker of the past few years. I love his work rate, goal poaching and drive for victory.
I'd rather have Robbie Keane in the side than Tevez, and I think Tevez is exceptional.
The logic, and I find this very strange, is that Harry Redknapp wants Ruud van Falldowninthebox at White Hart Lane and even though the transfer fee would be low, the cost of the wages would mean that a player such a Robbie Keane would have to be moved on to accommodate him.
Now that van Falldowninthebox is leaving Real Madrid is a given. Recall if you will that it was his falling out with Ronaldo at United that precipitated the move to Spain in the first place so there is no way that he is going to remain when the new golden boy has arrived. Of course the team that makes the most sense for van Falldowninthebox is Liverpool but I doubt that will occur. Nor can I see Hughes making the mistake of bringing him to City. Arsenal, if the Dutch hit man would modify his salary requirements would be a fascinating destination as would Spurs. I freely admit I don't understand why Spurs wouldn't keep Robbie Keane and partner him with such a new partner. It would be an exceptional pairing.
But if there is any chance that Robbie Keane is available his acquisition would be off the scale.