The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping Mauricio Pochettino can build a squad this summer which is capable of challenging Man City for the Premier League title next season.
The Lilywhites faithful propping up our bar are hoping the likes of Anthony Martial, Matthijs de Ligt and even Gareth Bale will arrive in North London this summer, but there is reason to suggest that their club should target a veteran of English football. According to a recent report from the Daily Express, Yaya Toure’s controversial agent has made the outlandish claim that his client would be willing to join a top-six club this summer for as little as £1 per week.
Toure is no stranger to controversy in the British media and he was making headlines once again earlier this week by claiming Pep Guardiola has a racist agenda against Africans. His comments have been swiftly dismissed due to his history of complaining about trivial issues, but his agents latest admission is bound to raise eyebrows and give the top-six clubs plenty to think about this summer.
There’s no doubt about it: Toure was sluggish on his rare outings for the Citizens last season, but that was hardly surprising given his lack of match fitness and limited motivation to perform under a manager he clearly didn’t see eye-to-eye with. Even at 35-years-old, there’s no doubt that the Ivory Coast international still has quality to offer at the highest reaches of the game, so Spurs would be foolish not to consider signing him on a free transfer this summer.
Claims of accepting a deal worth £1 per week are clearly an attention-seeking strategy to draw interest from the top-six clubs. Naturally, Toure will expect a five figure salary at the very least, but if he is prepared to take a significant pay-cut to join Tottenham then the club should make him a concrete offer in the coming weeks.
Toure’s questionable history away from the field will certainly provoke genuine cause for concern for the Spurs supporters and rightly so, however, the experience he possesses could be the missing ingredient in Pochettino’s quest for a first trophy in North London.
With City threatening to dominate the Premier league once again next season, Spurs will have to take decisive action to bridge the gulf in class, and the arrival of a player who knows Guardiola’s weaknesses with a burning desire for revenge could be a decisive factor in the title race.
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